OEHME, VAN SWEDEN | OvS is a diverse group of landscape architects, horticulturalists, designers, creative thinkers, and collaborators.
We explore the ecology, culture, and history of each landscape and fuse art, science, and humanity to distill its form and amplify its function. The result is a contextually-appropriate, high-performance composition that connects people to the land.
Our firm transformed the field of landscape architecture with the New American Garden style of design, distinguished by a balance of horticultural complexity and architectural craftsmanship. Thoughtfully-constructed paths, terraces, walls, fences, and arbors organize the land and provide elegance to everyday function. Within this framework, we infuse botanical expression in the form of color, texture, movement, and fragrance. Our designs embrace the seasonality of the American meadow and magnify ecological systems, sustainable processes, and aesthetic values. The New American Garden boldly reveals the ephemeral through mystery, intrigue, and discovery.
This approach can be applied at any scale – whether it’s a ten-foot-square city garden or a ten thousand-acre expanse. Our body of work ranges from urban redevelopments, monumental civic spaces, and institutions to arboreta, botanic gardens, and sculpture parks to estates and urban residences.
OvS’ residential portfolio includes coastal waterfront estates throughout Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts; Newport and Jamestown in Rhode Island; Greenwich and seaside villages in Connecticut and in Easton, St. Michaels, and Annapolis, Maryland.
We have designed country horse farms in Virginia, and urban town homes in Portland, Oregon; Chicago, Illinois; and Washington, DC.