Oehme, van Sweden & Associates
James van Sweden
To wed this house with its forested, waterfront setting on a peninsula surrounded by the West River and overlooking the Chesapeake Bay, four-season plantings and informal pathways—two of the firm’s signature design elements—were employed. Of the latter van Sweden wrote: “A skilled garden choreographer … [can] use a twist in a path to turn the visitor suddenly toward a view; the turn will slow the steps and cause visitors to take notice of their surroundings.”
To avoid competing with the natural grandeur of the site, the [clients] settled on a design approach for the ‘bones’ of the garden that is restrained and disciplined.
The Artful Garden and Gardening with Water. see resources
 footnotes  James van Sweden and Tom Christopher, The Artful Garden: Creative Inspiration for Landscape Design (New York: Random House, 2011), 111.
 James van Sweden, Gardening with Water (New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2007), 106.