Rockefeller Park. Photograph - Mick Hales, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation
The National Building Museum is exhibiting The New American Garden: The Landscape Architecture of Oehme, van Swedenthru May 1, 2016. Wolfgang Oehme (1930-2011) and James van Sweden (1935-2013) revolutionized modern American landscape architecture by using ornamental grasses and perennials to create living tapestries requiring relatively little maintenance. They founded their company, based in DC, in 1977 and went on to design projects for clients across the U.S. The exhibition includes both photographs of key projects designed by the company over the past several decades, plus related drawings and artifacts from the firm’s practice. Original paintings and sculptures by prominent artists—such as Henry Moore—that strongly influenced Oehme and van Sweden’s design work are displayed.
The U.S. Botanic Garden will exhibit Flora of the National Parks, February 18-October 2 in the Conservatory West Gallery. The art exhibition will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and will showcase some of the plant species and communities found throughout the more than 400 national parks. The parks contain a diverse representation of the North American flora. Illustrations and photographs will “take you on a tour of the beauty and importance of the American flora.”
The U.S. Botanic Garden, in partnership with Smithsonian Gardens, will exhibit Orchids in Focusin the Conservatory Garden Court and East Gallery February 27-April 17. The exhibition will highlight the world's largest plant family and the Garden’s most extensive plant collection. Orchids can be found on every continent except Antarctica and offer great diversity of forms and colors and have inspired artists and photographers for centuries. During the exhibition, visitors can “immerse themselves in a floral paradise of orchids from the forest canopy down to the ground."
VIDEO: To see an Agenda News video of the 2014 exhibition titled "Orchid Symphony," which was displayed at the U.S. Botanic Garden, click on the arrow below:
George Washington's Mount Vernon
George Washington’s Mount Vernon will exhibit nine unique paintings by John Gadsby Chapman (1808-1889) depicting romantic landscapes and historic sites from the first president’s life, in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center, February 13-May 30. The Virginia born artist depicted the site of Washington’s birth at the Pope’s Creek Plantation in Westmoreland County, the site of the Battle of Yorktown, and scenes of Mount Vernon including the bedchamber in which Washington died and the new tomb in which he was interred in 1831.
Gardens & Groves - George Washington's Landscape at Mount Vernon - is on view thru May 30, 2016 in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. The exhibition is the first to focus specifically on Washington's achievements as a landscape designer. The image below of the East Front of Mount Vernon is attributed to Edward Savage (ca 1787-1792). The oil on canvas offers the earliest known view of Mount Vernon as seen from the east and is a bequest of Helen W. Thompson (1964) - The photo is by Harry Connolly.