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Gardens featured: The Vollmer Garden: Baltimore, Maryland The Federal Reserve Bank: Washington DC Pennsylvania Avenue: Washington DC The German-American Friendship Garden: Washington DC Nelson A Rockefeller Park: Battery Park, New York The Rosenberg Garden: Long Island, New York Private gardens: Long Island, New York Pennsylvania Virginia Maryland Chesapeake Bay German public projects: Magdeburg Chemnitz Bitterfeld

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Stefan Leppert, born in 1959, trained as a gardener and worked in gardening and landscaping before studying landscape architecture at Osnabrueck, Lower Saxony; he went on to work as a garden and landscape architect in various design practices, then joined the aEURO Garten + LandschaftaEURO editorial team for five years. In 2001 he set up an editorial office in Munster and has contributed numerous articles on garden design and landscape architecture to magazines and books.

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A good example of how the native-plant movement is affecting more mainstream designers is that of Oehme-van Sweden Associates in the United States. Both Wolfgang Oehme and James van Sweden, the founders of this highly successful partnership, trained as landscape architects after originally studying in other disciplines - van Sweden as an architect and Oehme (who was born in Germany) as a horticulturalist. The two men have always been critical of the vast areas of sterile lawn and fiercely clipped shrubs that are such a feature of the American landscape. Instead they have used large drifts of ornamental grasses and perennials to create a quilted look, although in their private garden work they developed a much greater level of complexity. In their 'classic' work there was no intermingling of species, and much of the visual effect was gained from using large monocultural blocks. The practice is, however, now changing its approach to planting design, through younger project managers and partners developing their own style, which often involves a much greater use of native vegetation and more subtle intermingling of plant varieties. From Planting Design: Gardens in Time and Space by Noel Kingsbury and Piet Oudolf

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