United States of America, Maryland, Montgomery County, Bethesda
Jacobs Garden (Bethesda, Maryland)
Under development since the late 1970s, this nearly two-acre garden site is a tranquil blend of plantings surrounding the owner's home. Building on Lester Collins's basic design, Oehme, van Sweden and Associates added an upper and lower pond connected by a small waterfall. Garden features include multi-level terraces, stone walls, broad stairs, intricate fences and gates, perennial borders, ornamental grasses, and raised cutting beds. There is a large swimming pool at the lower end of the property and a woodland frames it all. The garden's overall ambience benefits from its owner, a talented floral designer who offers classes from her home.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include: Mr. and Mrs. K. Wagner (former owners, before 1976); Lester Collins (landscape architect, 1977); James van Sweden (landscape architect, 1986); Donald Lethbridge (architect, 1976); Ella Toulin (sculptor, 1985), and Oehme, van Sweden and Associates, Inc. (landscape designers, 1986).
The folders include worksheets, a garden plan with plant list, and photocopies of book excerpts and articles about the garden.
Garden has been featured in Wolfgang Oehme, James van Sweden, and Susan Frey, Bold Romantic Gardens (Reston, VA: Acropolis, 1990), pp. 156-157, 234, 249, and 253
Garden has been featured in James van Sweden, Gardening with Water (New York: Random House, 1994), pp. 26, 38-44, 151, 154, and 159
Garden has been featured in James van Sweden, Gardening with Nature (New York: Random House, 1997), pp. 80-85
Garden has been featured in Stacey Freed, "Theme and Variations," Garden Design, Vol. 7, No. 1 (Spring 1988), pp. 20-22
Garden has been featured in The Washington Post, January 29, 1978