Guild Hall Garden As Art

Guild Hall Garden as Art Tour

The cocktail reception at the historic barn

On Friday and Saturday, August 22nd and 23rd, OvS Principal Eric Groft attended the events associated with Guild Hall’s Garden As Art: The Green Landscape, presenting the Eco-Friendly Gardens in and around East Hampton. The event kicked off with a cocktail reception for patrons and benefactors of Guild Hall, hosted by Mary Ryan in the historic barn at her 19 acre waterfront farm overlooking Gardiners Bay.

After a continental breakfast, there was a panel discussion on the “Perfect Garden” featuring experts including Eric Fleischer, Dr. Diane Lewis, Sean O’Neal, Stephen Orr, and Paul Tukey.

The theme for this year’s Guild Hall Garden event was based on Edwina von Gal’s new Perfect Earth initiative with a focus on best green industry practices. This initiative is fundamentally aligned with the OvS philosophy for many decades of “doing the right  thing” as landscape architects. Founder Wolfgang Oehme was the leader in landscapes and gardens that were not dependent on water and chemicals and practices that could harm the environment. Drought tolerant plants, organic compost, fish emulsion for fertilizer and weeding the garden the old fashioned way (BY HAND!) was the great Wolfgang’s mantra since to the United States from Germany in the 1950′s. It was this philosophy, combined with the use of environment friendly perennials and native ornamental grasses, that gave rise to the signature “New American Garden Style” of Oehme , van Sweden & Associates.

On Saturday,the event concluded with a tour of gardens in East Hampton and North Haven.

Guild Hall Garden As Art Tour

A beautiful summer bouquet by Edwina in the historic Barn at Fire Place Farm at the cocktail reception

Guild Hall Garden as Art Tour

Artist Grace Knowlton, Eric Groft was particular Pleased to reconnect with this long time friend and collaborator of OVS attending the event with Jack Lenor Larsen.

Guild Hall Garden as Art Tour

Jack Lenor Larsen and Nina Gelman

Guild Hall Garden as Art Tour

Barbara Slifka and Susan in the garden on Lily Pond Lane during the tour on Saturday.

Guild Hall Garden as Art Tour

An amazing pot of succulents in the Lily Pond Lane Garden.

Guild Hall Garden as Art Tour

Detail of pergola in the Lily Pond Lane Estate.






The Capitol Conference Center at American Psychological Association

L1000999_Revised2Recently, OvS design staff joined Principal Lisa Delplace and Designer Stacilyn Feldman at the newly completed Capitol View Conference Center at the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC. Lisa and Stacilyn led a tour of two new green roof spaces that they designed for the new facility. The two roof terraces are distinct in character: one provides entertaining space and unobstructed views of the Capitol dome, while the other provides lounge seating and broad, lush plantings.

The two terraces were developed in conjunction with the construction of the Capitol View Conference Center, which Gensler designed.