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Wolfgang Oehme Launches a Gardening Revolution

By LarryR
January 24, 2012

The world of horticulture recently lost a renowned avant-gardener with the passing of Wolfgang Oehme on December 15, 2011. Mr. Oehme--“Wolfi” to his friends--almost single-handedly launched a revolution in planting design with his sweeping landscapes of grasses, sedums, rudbeckias, and perovskias.

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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jan 24, 2012 5:52 AM CST
Lovely article. Not only does it call attention to some great work in the worlds of horticulture and landscaping, but it emphasizes how important it is to think outside the box about most things including gardening. A lot of impact can be achieved with just a few plants. A garden doesn't have to be enormous or particularly expensive or filled with lots of trendy plants to be spectacular. His gardens are some of my favorites. His innovative thinking will be missed.
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vic
Jan 24, 2012 10:31 AM CST
Larry, your stories and photo's are always astounding - thank you!

He was an artist, for sure, and how blessed are all of us that have patterned our gardens like his and didn't even know why?

A terrible loss, for sure, but I'm so thankful he left his mark in so many places.

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LarryR
Jan 24, 2012 11:30 AM CST
Thanks for the kind words, Tee and Vicki. Glad you enjoyed the article. I couldn't let Oehme's passing pass by without an attempt, however small, at making his important work more well known. I will include portions of this article in a gardening book I'm writing.
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
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SongofJoy
Jan 24, 2012 11:31 AM CST
I agree
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller

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