Working with Oehme, van Sweden has been a very educational experience. It was as though someone had lifted a curtain in front of me and I was seeing gardens for the first time.
Situated between Potato Road and the Atlantic Ocean, this garden is a composition of distinct places and connections. A long, slender swimming pool, bluestone terrace and a finely detailed trellis on the house bring the scale down to the ground. A tapestry of ornamental grasses and perennials vary in color and texture throughout the seasons. Large granite stepping stones lead to a wood gate and a boardwalk that runs through the house to the ocean. The same granite is used for the random irregular paving for the terrace, the oversized pool coping, and the basking stones around the outdoor fireplace. Designed within the context of the house’s contemporary architecture, this garden provides an intimate seaside experience within the vast scale of the ocean and the unending sky.