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74 Eric Groft's 10 Favorite Gardens in the World Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte in Maincy, France. Kokedera (Moss Temple) in Kyoto, Japan. Ryōan-ji (The Temple of the Dragon at Peace) in Kyoto, Japan. Villa del Balbianello in Lenno, Italy. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town, South Africa. Villa Lante in Bagnaia, Italy. Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent, UK. Hidcote Manor Garden in Hidcote Bartrim, UK. Royal Palace of La Granja of San Ildefonso in Spain. Classical Fields Forever: Landscape Architect Eric Groft B e y o n d B o l d : I n s p i r a t i o n , Collaboration, Evolution (Pointed Leaf Press, October 2022) lushly reveals the philosophy of one of America's heritage landscape architecture firms: Washington, D.C.- headquartered Oehme, van Sweden. The book's authors are OvS's next generation of principals, the trinity of Sheila Brady, Lisa Delplace, and Eric Groft. Together, they've cultivated a practice known as the New American Garden — a movement that's both innovatively sustainable and legacy driven, based un the ideals of science, art, and our emotional connections to the land. OvS CEO and director Eric Groft is a co-chair of the board of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, and a member of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art's Bunny Mellon Laurel Society and the Royal Oak Foundation (an affiliate of the British National Trust), and Landscape advice: "Celebrate all seasons … have winter interest … choose plants that don't need a lot of water or pesticides … use plants in large masses and large sweeps for scale. … Always respond to the architecture, of course, but … you have to transition from Man to Nature at some point. … If you need a boundary, a fence, or a wall, build it. Don't expect plants to perform architecture." — Eric Groft is acclaimed for projects as diverse at the White House Rose Garden; The Friendship Garden at the National Arboretum; the American Museum & Gardens, Bath, UK; Manhattan rooftop terraces and art-lined Hampton estates; and a 3,500-acre nature preserve/hunting lodge on the Eastern shore of Maryland. Catherine D. Anspon What, When, Where: Creating Fantasy and Folly — Architecture, Design, Landscape, an illustrated talk with book signings with Eric Groft, Oehme, vanSweden (OvS), Washington, D.C., and Pietro Cicognani, Cicognani Kalla Architect, NYC, moderated by Chesie Breen; Monday, September 19, 2:30 to 4:30 pm, at Christopher Martin Gallery, 1533 Dragon Street, Dallas Design District. Top: Designed by Oehme, van Sweden, plantings around a pool in Southampton are set ablaze by the summer sun and connect the nearby beach to the garden. Right: White-blooming plants — Rosa Seafoam roses and Lysimachia clethroides (gooseneck loosestrife) — light up the garden's four-season planting of textural evergreens designed by Oehme, van Sweden. RICHARD FELBER MARION BRENNER 144

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