Traditional garden design in the Mid-Atlantic states was fundamentally challenged in the late twentieth century with the work of the Washington, D.C.–based firm Oehme, van Sweden and Associates, established in 1975. This photographic exhibition illuminated unconventional garden making generated by the firm's two larger-than-life cofounders, Wolfgang Oehme (1930–2011) and James van Sweden (1935–2013).

The exhibition celebrated the twenty-five-year anniversary of the 1990 publication of Bold Romantic Gardens, written by Oehme and van Sweden with Susan Rademacher, former executive director of Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservatory.1 The book introduced the world to the Oehme, van Sweden signature style of planting design defined by broad painterly strokes of hardy...

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