| I am so sad to learn of the death of Wolfgang Oehme. Last year, he donated a day of touring and a lovely lunch to the American Horticulture Society ( I think that the correct organization)... My friend won the day. I was thrilled to participate. We chatted with Wolfgang all day, and we saw abut 4-5 of his fabulous gardens. Wolfgang, we are so sorry to see you pass off this earth. We will always think of you with sustainable landscapes. Marty Summmerour, Springfield, Va. 22151
| Wolfgang had a lifelong passion for plants that was infectious. I never look at billowing ornamental grasses without thinking of him, and that reminds me of a poem by Christina Rossetti: "Who has seen the wind? Neither I nor you: But when the leaves hang trembling, The wind is passing through. Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I: But when the trees bow down their heads, The wind is passing by." Think of Wolfgang in that wind and he never will be far away.
| Mr. Oehme, you and Mr. van Sweden changed what I thought was a "garden". You opened my eyes and mind to a larger world beyond English borders to a garden filled with flowers and grasses. My beloved profession, landscape architecture, is deeply in your debt. Rest in peace.
| To the man who taught me the appreciation of plants,the love of artistic landscape, and when you find a weed, EAT it. We at Nature's Way Landscaping, will miss you. Gene de la Foret
|Hilary Oat Judge
Wolfgang was full of such joy and passion for his work that it is hard to view what he did as work. His zeal to experiment with new plants, to learn from his gardens every day and to share what he learned as widely as possible has been a tremendous inspiration to me as a new landscape architect at OvS. At eighty years old, we could still count on Wolfgang to know the best new plants to try, which formerly-promising plants were not worth planting, and which old reliables could still be relied upon.
On his garden tours, Wolfgang displayed not only his tremendous knowledge, experience, and the fun that he took in his planting design but also his famous energy, leading groups for hours without tiring while everyone around him was flagging. The mischievous side to his personality would be on display when he pointed out the test plants that he had sprinkled in clients' gardens, often smuggled in as tiny things in his pocket and planted without their knowledge. He was a true plantsman in the way he used every opportunity to experiment, learn, and improve. It seemed that Wolfgang's energy and enthusiasm for his life's work would keep him in the garden forever, and it is hard to believe that such an indefatigable person is gone. I am grateful to have learned from such a master. More importantly, I am grateful to have known Wolfgang's generous and joyous spirit. He will be missed.
|Kay Gardner BA(Hons)
Thanks to Wolfgang for his inspiring, chunky plant combinations.
Kay Gardner BA(Hons)
|Carole Oottesen Dec20/2011
| Wolfgang will be greatly missed.
|Bob Bell Dec20/2011
| Wolfgang was such a wonderful character and plantsman..I literally owe 90% of my plant knowledge to him. I'll design Pterocarya fraxinifolia and Persicaria polymorpha into my next garden in his honor
|Keia Butts Dec20/2011
|WhAT a great person!What a great designer!What an inspiration!What a legacy!I fell in love with Mr Oehme's work while studying Landscape Architecture at Morgan State University. It was during this time that I also had the pleasure to meet with Mr. Oehme and interview him on the Towson Courthouse Garden and other projects. It was a day I'll never forget. I salute you. You will be missed but your legacy lives on. Thank you for inspiring me and others.
| Wolfgang, I knew I was in for a treat years ago when I parked in a friend's driveway next to a car with ornamental grasses billowing from the trunk. Somehow I knew it was you before we were introduced. Later tours of gardens with you and Roland were always an inspiration. I'm glad my son also met you and you showed him your garden, and we treasure our autographed books. We had many great conversations, not only about plants but also about construction, building materials, and energy efficiency; and politics--both in the United States and your witness to changes in pre-war Europe. You will be missed. To Roland and family, my condolences. Dan Levy
| Wolfgang, I knew I was in for a treat years ago when I parked in a friend's driveway next to a car with ornamental grasses billowing from the trunk. Somehow I knew it was you before we were introduced. Later tours of gardens with you and Roland were always an inspiration. I'm glad my son also met you and you showed him your garden, and we treasure our autographed books. We had many great conversations, not only about plants but also about construction, building materials, and energy efficiency; and politics--both in the United States and your witness to changes in pre-war Europe. You will be missed. To Roland and family, my condolences.
| We have lost a great plantsman and a lovely generous man. My condolences to Carol and Wolgang's family.
| Lieber Wolfgang, gerade hatte ich eine Weihnachtskarte an Sie geschrieben und wollte mich nur noch einmal wegen der Adresse vergewissern... Es tut mir so leid. Nur wenige Menschen hinterlassen einen solchen - vor allem solch schoenen - Eindruck im Leben so vieler Menschen wie Sie. Ich bin gluecklich, Sie kennengelernt zu haben.
| I was saddened to hear of Wolfgang's passing. It was a real pleasure to meet with him and share his passion of plants, design and mother nature. We are all blessed with what he has shared with us all. Our thoughts reach out to his family.
| Meine ersten Worte in facebook: dieser liebe alte Mann, den ich in Dortmund sehen durfte. So viel Klugheit und Persoenlichkeit mit so viel Waerme vereint. Eine Begegnung, die ich nie vergessen werde. Manche fanden ihn "seltsam". Darauf entgegnete ich: Er war einfach nicht "handsome". Er hat keine Erwartungen bedient. Er hat im Alter mit Schalk im Nacken Dinge gesagt, die junge und juengere Damen empoert und verstoert haben. Das hat ihm sehr sichtbar viel Freude gemacht. Er gab sein Wissen so leidenschaftlich gerne weiter. An diejenigen, natuerlich nur an diejenigen, die wach und neugierig waren.Er war einer der lebendigsten Menschen, denen ich begegnet bin. Seiner Familie und seinen engsten Menschen moechte ich am Ende des Jahres wuenschen, dass sie zur Ruhe kommen. Um die Erinnerung an diesen seltenen Menschen miteinander zu teilen.Ute Strech-Jurk
| Although I never had the pleasure of meeting you, I heard so much about you from Roland. I know you were very close and you were loved very much. You will always be remembered fondly by your family and friends. May you rest in peace...... ~Helene Idels