uring their lifetimes, Wolfgang Oehme and James van Sweden developed ongoing working relationships and great friendships with clients. They and Oehme, van Sweden & Associates, Inc. (now OEHME, VAN SWEDEN | OvS) created more than 1,000 projects since the firm’s founding in 1975. They also wrote extensively, so we have a deep understanding of their design and stewardship philosophies, inspirations, and values.
Along with illuminating their design legacy, this exhibition illustrates that great gardens and well-maintained public works endure because of sound stewardship, whether an ongoing collaboration between designers and their patron/stewards or other reasons. There is a tenuousness to this unique built legacy—especially the private commissions. As Oehme and van Sweden saw in their lifetimes, residential gardens can be wiped away with changes of property ownership, while carefully conceived public commissions can be lost through inadequate maintenance or a desire for something new. Not all landscapes or buildings will last, but the decision-making about their futures is more thorough when their creators’ design intent and body of work are understood and valued.
TCLF’s Landslide® program, established in 2003, raises awareness about threatened and at-risk works of landscape architecture. This annual compendium is organized on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the publication of Bold Romantic Gardens. Since its publication, nine of the 21 gardens have been lost. This Landslide spotlight serves as a call to action. learn more
The Cultural Landscape Foundation® (TCLF) provides the tools to see, understand and value landscape architecture and its practitioners in the way many people have learned to do with buildings and their designers. Through its Web site, lectures, outreach and publishing, TCLF broadens the support and understanding for cultural landscapes nationwide to help safeguard our priceless heritage for future generations. learn more