Designing Stunning and Sustainable Landscapes with Eric Groft
Image © BEYOND BOLD: Inspiration, Collaboration, Evolution, Pointed Leaf Press, Oehme, van Sweden, Photography by Claire Takacs
Please note: This in-person program is free to ICAA Members and $30 for the general public.
Join Eric Groft of Oehme, van Sweden (OvS) on Tuesday, October 18th for an exploration of the firm's newly published monograph Beyond Bold: Inspiration, Collaboration, Evolution. From private gardens and pools to the expansive Tippet Rise Art Center in rural Montana to urban oases like the Chicago and New York Botanical Gardens, the projects featured in this book are masterpieces of both horticulture and hardscape. Arranged into thematic chapters—“The House and its Garden,” “Gathering Places,” “At the Water’s Edge,” “Urban Retreats” and “Farms and Fields”—Beyond Bold: Inspiration, Collaboration, Evolution is an image-rich study of some of the most geographically and stylistically diverse landscape projects by one of the top players in the industry.
OvS was founded in Washington, DC in 1975 by horticulturist Wolfgang Oehme and architect James van Sweden. Their partnership established a style known as the New American Garden, which celebrates the seasonal splendor of the American meadow while promoting its inherent ecological and sustainable values.
Eric Groft, principal at OvS, is renowned for diversity in residential, commercial and institutional work. Recent works include master planning and design efforts for the American Museum and Gardens in Bath, UK and the 2020 renovation of the White House Rose Garden. He has also designed multiple commissions for the Federal Reserve Campus in Washington, D.C., re-designed and installed The Friendship Garden at the National Arboretum, and prepared the landscape master plan for the United States Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Groft has a passion for horticulture and is dedicated to shepherding the evolution of OvS’ New American Garden Style. He is widely recognized as an industry leader in ecological sensitivity, environmental/wetland restoration, and shoreline stabilization/revetment. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, a Co-Chair of the Board of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, a member of the UVA School of Architecture Dean’s Advisory Board and a board member of the Hammond Harwood House in Annapolis, MD. Groft is a member of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art’s Bunny Mellon Laurel Society, the Royal Oak Foundation (an affiliate of the British National Trust), the UVA Dean’s Forum, and the Metro Hort Group in New York City. Groft holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in geography/ environmental science from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.
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