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On April 17, OvS Principal Lisa Delplace attended a ceremony at the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. to launch the restoration of the German-American Friendship Garden. During the signing ceremony, National Mall Deputy Superintendent Karen Cucurullo presented German Ambassador Peter Ammon with a key to the National Mall.
Gerhard Meinzer, president of the Association of German-American Societies of Greater Washington, D.C. and Marc J. Wheat, president of the German-American Heritage Foundation of the U.S.A. also participated in the signing ceremony.
The German-American Friendship Garden was established in 1983, as the joint effort of the US President Ronald Reagan and German Chancellor Helmut Kohl for the German-American Tricentennial. Strategically placed between the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the White House, the German-American Friendship Garden is located on the grounds of the Washington Monument.
OvS founding partner, Wolfgang Oehme, dedicated his time and efforts to the design and installation of the garden in 1983. Oehme, van Sweden is delighted to be assisting in the restoration of the Garden.
OvS was the Landscape Architect on the project, which was designed by Architect Paul Lund of Bowie Gridley. Rebecca Aarons-Sydnor of Sustainable Design Consulting assisted with LEED certification. The scope included renovation of the existing Bookstore and adjacent parking garage, including a new new entrance and streetscape along Emmet Street which serves as a gateway to the University of Virginia. The landscape design included Green Screens to shield the parking structures, street trees and masses of native perennials and shrubs as part of a surface water retention program.