Posts Tagged ‘Sagaponack’

The latest tome of gardening, horticulture and design, Hamptons Gardens by Jack DeLashmet, was honored by a book release / cocktail party on Saturday, June 4th. The party, hosted by publisher Assouline and Hamptons Cottages and Gardens, took place in the garden featured in the book – the East Hampton home of Randy Kemper and Tony Ingao.

It was a spectacular evening and the garden looked incredible. Alejandro Saralegui of the Madoo Conservancy described the garden as “Charlie Marder’s greatest hits,” referring to the collection of mature topiary, Japanese Maples, and other specimen trees, all of which were planted within the last five years. Charlie was on-hand (with his standard colorful suspenders) and explained the process of moving and planting these enormous trees in the garden.

The garden also featured some amazing antique walls, stone-work and sculpture throughout the grounds.

OvS Principal Eric D. Groft accompanied Barbara Slifka, whose Sagaponack beachfront garden is featured in the book. They ran into David Ebershoff of Random House (editor of THE ARTFUL GARDEN: Creative Inspiration for Landscape Design), Charlotte Moss, Ben and Bonnie Krupinski, Kendall Cronstrom, Chris Coy of Barnes Coy Architects in Bridgehampton and New York City, Diane Benson and Nina Gilman of East Hampton.

Barbar Slifka, Eric, Nina Gilman, Carole Mercer

Barbar Slifka, Eric, Nina Gilman, Carole Mercer


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The Animal Rescue Fund of The Hamptons is offering a self-guided visit to six delightful gardens in Bridgehampton and Sagaponack, including an Oehme, van Sweden garden on Ocean Road. The tour, this Saturday, lasts from 10am – 4pm. A cocktail party immediately follows in East Hampton. Tickets are $75 for the tour and $175 for the tour and cocktail party. If you would like to attend this year’s garden tour, click here.

The OvS garden featured on the tour highlights a series of garden rooms, all with a distinct carpet of brick and stone. To the rear of the house are a living room terrace, dining terrace, pool terrace and secret garden off the master bedroom. A magnificent lily pool sits adjacent to the living room french doors, providing spectacular refractions of light from the setting sun on the ceiling.

Specimen trees on the property include Mimosa, Weeping Beech, Chinese Sumac, Caucasian Wingnut, Amur corktree, and Katsura Trees.

OvS Principal Eric D. Groft will be on-hand to fully illustrate the splendor of this garden and sign your copy of the new book THE ARTFUL GARDEN: Creative Inspriation for Landscape Design.

Photography by Richard Felber and James van Sweden

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On Thursday Afternoon, May 19th, OvS Principal Eric Groft stopped by Garden Treasure Nursery in Sagaponock and walked a demonstration garden that owner Holger Winenga has established. Known as “The Wilderness,” the garden is a treasure of rare and unusual plants, a true horticultural delight.

Holger descends from a long line of horticulturalists, nurserymen and hybridizers of plants in Germany and OvS considers him one of the most knowledgeable nurserymen on the east coast.


Lamium ovala

Lamium Ovala

Rodgersia podophylla 'Braunlaub'

Rodgersia Podophylla 'Braunlaub'

Rhododendron 'My Mary' (not narcissiflora) Holger

Rhododendron 'My Mary' (not narcissiflora) Holger


Anemone sylvestris with Senecio

Anemone sylvestris with Senecio


Anemone sylvestris

Anemone sylvestris

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Oehme van Sweden has a long history of work in the coastal areas of the United States. From the rugged Maine coast, to charming Nantucket, to the beaches of Sagaponack, to the coastal areas of North Carolina, we have designed gardens that are not only beautiful, but withstand the tests of time, weather and use.

In this short video, OvS Principal Sheila Brady talks about why she loves working on coastal properties. View the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LucjVLGTGg

For more information on our work, including our projects in coastal areas, please see our website at www.ovsla.com.

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Throughout the years, Oehme van Sweden has undertaken a number of projects in the Hamptons. We love working in the area, not just because of the beautiful scenery and amenable climactic conditions, but because of the ways the community of the Hamptons celebrates the bounty of the land and

Sunset on the beach in Sagaponack

brings it to the table. Dining in the Hamptons is pure culinary luxury, and a recent visit to the area reminded Oehme van Sweden Principal Eric Groft why maintaining the ties between the table and the land yields memorable epicurean experiences.

On Thursday October 21, OvS Principal Eric Groft hosted Dennis Loebs of Loebs & Gordon Pool Craft to dinner and drinks on the beach in Sagaponock to watch the full moon rise to the east as the sun set to the west over Long Island. Loebs & Gordon is considered the preimiment pool contractor of high end pools in the Hamptons, and is an important partner in our work in the area.

The newest restaurant on the east end, Southfork Kitchen in Bridgehampton, was the setting for dinner. This new restaurant features sustainable seafood and local produce, cheeses and wine. Everything served

Soutfork Kitchen

there is grown or raised or caught or baked right there on the East end of Long Island, making the restaurant and its food a true product of the local landscape.

Eric and Dennis each had the clam chowder with soy-cured bacon, garden vegetables and local bay clams. The garden salad consisted of Balsam Farm lettuces, Evan’s Farm buttermilk dressing and Ewe’s thick sliced blue cheese. Eric enjoyed perfectly seared Point Pleasant sea scallopswith North Fork cauliflower, golden raisins and Vaduvon, while Dennis dined on coal grilled Great South Bay bluefish with pickled cabbage and black garlic. The meal was accompanied with a Cote de Rhone.

Southfork Kitchen prides itself on not just representing the farm-to-table movement, but on truly understanding that the supply chain behind farm-to-table is in fact farmer-to-deliveryman-to-prep-cook-to-sous-chef-to-executive-chef-to-server-to-table. It’s no wonder we at Oehme van Sweden appreciate this philosphy – it mimics our own! We are proud to deliver “white glove” service, but in our case, “white glove” does not mean “hands off.” Our Principals and staff are involved in every aspect of our projects, from design through to implementation. On any given day, you can find Oehme, van Sweden landscape architects behind the desk, in a nursery, in a stone quarry, or on our knees in the dirt. Its our philosophy that this hands-on involvement in every aspect of the project leads to beautiful results, and it has been our privelege to deliver these results to clients throughout the Hamptons for many years.

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