ASLA Invests Eric D. Groft In The Council of Fellows

On the evening of November 17, 2013, OvS Principal Eric D. Groft was invested in the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows. The Investiture Ceremony was held in Boston on the last evening of the yearly ASLA convention and was a black tie affair bringing together new Fellows with those who have received the award in past years.

The 30th Anniversary of the German-American Friendship Garden

The German-American Friendship Garden was originally designed in 1983 by OvS Founding Principal Wolfgang Oehme. The Garden held a special place in Wolfgang’s heart, as it celebrates the special relationship between his native Germany and his adoptive home, the United States.

Planting Day at the Hill Center (Old Naval Hospital)

On a sunny, crisp October day last week, Oehme, van Sweden staff designer Stacilyn Feldman joined volunteers at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital for a morning of planting.

Autumn in New York

So far October has been a busy month for Eric Groft. On October 2, Eric and OvS Associate Robert Johnson attended a book signing of Classical Invention: The Architecture of John B. Murray (The Monacelli Press).

Jim van Sweden: Your Memories

Like most landscape architecture firms, the studio at OvS is seldom a raucous place. Principals and staff communicate with each other and on the phone in the hushed tone conducive to an atmosphere of deep concentration.

Travis Beck to Speak at the US Botanic Garden

Many OvS staff are looking forward to attending a talk by Travis Beck at the US Botanic Garden on Tuesday, September 24.

A Visit From Susan Lucci

On Saturday August 24, 2013, a long standing friend and colleague of OvS, artist Linda DePalma visited the OvS-designed garden of Annachiara Danieli in Springs, East Hampton, NY.

The Nature Conservancy Honors Donors

On Saturday August 10, 2013, OvS Principal Eric Groft accompanied Barbara Slifka to a Nature Conservancy event honoring both donors and Charlie Marder of Marder’s Nursery.

In Full Bloom: The Native Plant Garden Meadow at NYBG

On Saturday August 10, 2013, OvS Principal Eric Groft accompanied Barbara Slifka to a Nature Conservancy event honoring both donors and Charlie Marder of Marder’s Nursery.

Trinca Garden Named to Smithsonian Institution’s Archive of American Gardens

The OvS-designed garden of Simon and Rosita Trinca in Greenwich, CT, has been named to the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Gardens.

The Grand Opening of the Native Plant Garden at NYBG

The Native Plant Garden opened to the public with a ribbon-cutting on May 3, 2013 at the New York Botanical Garden in Bronx, New York.

Plants We Love: Liriodendron Tulipifera (Tulip Tree)

Does it get more beautiful than this? This is the flower of the Liriodendron tulipifera, more commonly known as a tulip tree.

The Native Plant Garden at New York Botanical Garden

In the last several weeks, OvS Senior Associates Marisa N. Scalera and Hilary Oat-Judge have joined the New York Botanical Garden’s horticulture staff in final planting visits in anticipation of the opening of the new Native Plant Garden.

Restoration of the German-American Friendship Garden

On April 17, OvS Principal Lisa Delplace attended a ceremony at the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. to launch the restoration of the German-American Friendship Garden.

NYBG Preview Party & Collectors’ Plant Sale

On Thursday, April 25, Eric Groft attended the Preview Party & Collectors’ Plant Sale at the New York Botanical Garden.

New York Botanical Garden Native Plant Garden Opening

Nearly five years in the making, OvS is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of the redesigned Native Plant Garden at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) on May 3.

The ‘Big’ Snow of 2013

It appears that the DC-Baltimore area is dodging another winter storm.