James van Sweden Oral History

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James van Sweden was a leader in landscape architecture for more than 35 years.

In partnership with Wolfgang Oehme, their firm — Oehme, van Sweden & Associates — designed hundreds of public and private gardens, revolutionizing their look with the New American Garden style. In a series of interviews, van Sweden, a prodigious lecturer and author of numerous books on the elements and design of gardens, shares his philosophy about an enduring design legacy.

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Interview: James van Sweden was interviewed in August 2009 by Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR at Halcyon House on the Eastern Shore, his home Ferry Cove in Sherwood, Maryland, and at the Oehme van Sweden offices and on-site at projects in Washington, D.C.

James van Sweden Oral History Transcript


Reflections: The work of the Oehme van Sweden office has touched many people in its thirty-five year history. The Cultural Landscape Foundation contacted former associates, clients and associated professionals to share their stories of working with Jim and Wolfgang.

James van Sweden Reflections


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