On Monday and Tuesday September 27th and 28th, 2010 Oehme, van Sweden hosted client Rosita Trinca in Annapolis, MD and Washington, DC. OvS Principal Eric Groft and his wife Shelley took Rosita, a native Australian, out for her first taste of Maryland Blue Crabs at Mike’s Waterfront on the South River in Edgewater. Rosita was taught by Groft sons Forest and Avery how to pick and eat the messy crustaceans.
On Tuesday it was into the OvS office in Washington where Rosita lunched with OvS Founder Jim van Sweden, current Principals Eric Groft and Sheila Brady, and John Knowlton and brought them up to date on her two OvS projects in Greenwich, Connecticut and Wantagong Station in Holbrooke, New South Wales, Australia.
The Trinca’s first OvS garden in Greenwich (featured on page 136 of James van Sweden’s book Gardening with Water) recently suffered from the spring and summer storms which brought down a number of large trees. The downed trees are being used as a reason to update the garden, which is now decades old. Photos of the proposed specimen Pinus parvifolia and Pinus flexilis were reviwed and approved for fall planting. A list of spring ephemerals including Trillium, blood root, Mayapple and Hellebores was approved to fill the ground plane in the woodland setting and will be planted in the spring.
All enjoyed the pictures of Wantagong and surrounding dramatic landscape from the entry gates, swimming pool, terraces, retaining walls and potage garden – all designed during a site visit by Jim van Sweden and Eric Groft back in the year 2000.