City Sidewalks, Busy Sidewalks: Santa’s Big Scene

Out of all that the month of December brings to us here on Capitol Hill, one of our favorites is the arrival of Santa Claus.

The Grass Garden at LongHouse Reserve

Eric Groft of Oehme, van Sweden met recently with Jack Lenor Larsen and Abby Jane Brody at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton to discuss revisions to the Grass Garden.

The Chicago Botanic Garden Trellis Bridge

There is exciting progress on the Trellis Bridge at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Tree Planting at the Martin Luther King Memorial

Last week, we posted an update to the Martin Luther King Memorial, where the final sections of the Memorial sculpture were recently put in place to much fanfare.

Captree Island Project

Oehme, van Sweden recently began work on a new residential project on Captree Island, overlooking Great South Bay, a lagoon that’s situated between Long Island and Fire Island, in New York.

Landscaping a Slope at Ridge Hill

Oehme van Sweden is in the process of planting a slope as part of our work at Westchester’s Ridge Hill, a 1.3-million-square-foot regional mixed-use shopping center under construction in Yonkers, NY.

The Creation of a Native Meadow on Virginia’s Northern Neck

At one of Oehme, van Sweden’s current residential projects on the Northern Neck of Virginia, a meadow of native Bluestem grasses, goldenrod and other wildflowers dressed in rich autumnal golds, oranges, and browns meets an existing cordgrass marsh.

Adding Year Round Interest to the Azalea Garden at the New York Botanical Garden

The redesigned Azalea Garden at the New York Botanical Garden is scheduled for a Grand Opening May 7-8, 2011, just in time for Mother’s Day.

Contrast in the Garden at Cornerstone Sonoma

Oehme, van Sweden was again praised in the blog-o-sphere for our work at Conerstone Sonoma in California, a self-described “collection of shops, wineries and a gourmet cafe set amidst nine acres of garden installations created by the world’s leading landscape architects.”

Honoring Historic Preservation in New York

Eric D. Groft and John Stanley Knowlton attended the Preservation League of New York State at the 2010 Pillar of New York Awards Gala honoring Matthew Bender IV and Beyer Blinder Bell Architects and Planners at the Waldorf Astoria Empire Room on Tuesday, November 9th 2010.

Creating Texture in Container Plantings

On a recent glorious fall day, Lisa Delplace and Hilary Oat-Judge installed container plantings for a long-time client in McLean, VA. Lisa selected a mix of evergreen shrubs, grasses, perennials and annuals to create distinct textural compositions at each entry and terrace.

A Tribute to OvS Principal Eric Groft

Earlier this fall, Oehme van Sweden Principal Eric Groft had the pleasure of speaking at Guild Hall in East Hampton as part of the Garden as Art: Designers Choice talk and garden tour.

An Eastern Long Island Garden

Recently, Oehme, van Sweden Principal Eric Groft had the pleasure of revisiting the garden of John and Regina Scully, a project he completed a few years ago.

Fall in Bloom at Americana Manhasset

Oehme, van Sweden recently completed a seasonal update to the plantings at luxury shopping destination Americana Manhasset on Long Island’s North Shore.

A Visit to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

On Wednesday, October 27th Oehme, van Sweden Principal Eric Groft and long standing client Barbara Slifka were hosted to a lunch and tour of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden by President Scot Medbury and Dr. Gerry Moore, Director of Science.

Landscape to Table in the Hamptons

Throughout the years, Oehme van Sweden has undertaken a number of projects in the Hamptons.

Planting at the Trinca Garden

Following an earlier meeting with Rosita Trinca at our offices in Washington, DC, Eric Groft and John Knowlton of Oehme, van Sweden travelled to the Trinca home in Greenwich, Connecticut to supervise the replacement of a Douglas Fir tree that blew down during a late spring storm.

An Update to the Trinca Gardens

On Monday and Tuesday September 27th and 28th, 2010 Oehme, van Sweden hosted client Rosita Trinca in Annapolis, MD and Washington, DC.

Oehme, van Sweden and Associates is pleased to announce that James van Sweden has been selected as the 2010 Design Medal Winner by the American Society of Landsape Architects (ASLA).

Mr. van Sweden was presented

James van Sweden on the Federal Reserve Building

As part of its What’s Out There Weekend on September 25-26 in Washington, DC, The Cultural Landscape Foundation has produced a wonderful online oral history featuring Oehme van Sweden founder James van Sweden discussing the work he and partner Wolfgang Oehme did on the Federal Reserve Board garden in Washington, DC.

The Martin Luther King National Memorial

Oehme, van Sweden Principal Sheila Brady (FASLA) was honored to attend the Washington DC Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation Inc.’s Defender of Democracy Awards ceremony on September 16.

The Art of Planting Design

Plants bring joy, inspiration, and beauty into our lives, feeding the soul and connecting us to the natural world.

ASLA Honors Interior Secretary Salazar

United States Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was awarded the Olmsted Medal during the American Society of Landscapea Architects 2010 Annual Meeting and Expo.

A Visit to Nantucket

I was recently on Nantucket installing a beautiful hillside garden overlooking Polpis Harbor in Quaise.

Annual Quail Hill Farm Dinner

Last weekend, OvS principal Eric Groft attended the Quail Hill Farm’s annual benefit dinner with Oehme van Sweden client Barbara Slifka.

OvS Goes Back to School

It’s that time of year again … students all over the country are returning to colleges and universities and school is once again in session.

Revisiting the Fed

August’s stifling heat has some advantages – many plants have been lured by the sun into their full summer exuberance. Oehme, van Sweden staff members spent a recent lunch break basking in the sun ourselves and enjoying lush plantings at the Federal Reserve campus in Washington, DC.

A Visit to the Gund Partnership

Earlier this week, Eric Groft traveled to Boston, Massachussetts to meet with Graham Gund and the Gund Partnership architectural team.

United Therapeutics Project Wins US Green Building Council Award of Excellence

Oehme, van Sweden is proud to announce that the National Capital Region Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council has selected Schick Goldstein Architect’s United Therapeutics project in Silver Spring, Maryland as the recipient of its 2010 Award of Excellence for new Building Design and Construction.

Beauty in Bloom at Americana Manhasset

Summer has arrived at Americana Manhasset! John Knowlton and Hilary Oat-Judge laid out dazzling annuals at Long Island’s luxury shopping destination.

ARF Hamptons Garden Tour

The 24th Annual ARF Hampton Garden Tour, benefiting the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, was held on Saturday, June 19th.

Revisiting an Old Favorite

Harry Truman once said, “A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.” Nowhere is this more true than in the garden, where weather and climactic conditions hold the power to alter carefully planned landscapes in what seems like the blink of an eye.

OvS is pleased to announce that two of our projects were selected for the Sustainable Sites Pilot Program.

The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES™) is a partnership of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the United States Botanic Garden, and was created to promote sustainable land development and management practices that can apply to sites with and without buildings.

Welcome to the Oehme, van Sweden blog!

Founded in 1977 by Principals Wolfgang Oehme and James van Sweden, both fellows of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Oehme, van Sweden is widely known for our artistic design solutions that balance sustainable practices with concerns about life-cycle costs and maintenance.