Residential Gardens

Nantucket Residence

Nantucket, MA • Completed 2006


Oehme, van Sweden & Associates
Wolfgang Oehme
James van Sweden

The challenging growing conditions at this 85-acre coastal estate on Nantucket—principally strong winds and salt spray—called for the use of adaptable species. The ecologically sensitive planting palette includes little bluestem, switchgrass, goldenrod, and pitch pine that link the main house and guesthouses to the surrounding environment. From the building perimeters, the design transitions from formal, ordered plantings and gathering spaces to informal, naturalized planted areas that blend into the native dune vegetation.






The Photographers

Richard Felber (American)
Felber, who passed away in 2015, was a lifelong New Yorker. He began his photography career as a commercial photographer of still lifes and interiors, later finding inspiration to pursue garden and landscape photography. His work has been featured in magazines and books, including Martha Stewart Living, House & Garden, Architectural Digest, Beautiful American Rose Garden, and Potted Gardens.