The photo above is of the St.Joseph Hospital fish pond garden designed by Wolfgang Oehme in 1974.
You see, my dad grew up observing, playing with, and maintaining a fish pond where he lived in Germany. As a young adult he worked in gardens that had fish ponds in Germany and elsewhere. I know he worked in the large park in Hamburg called Planten en Blomen that has extensive water gardens. After he moved to the US and he was designing gardens, he always designed fish ponds if the client was open to the idea. An example is the Japanese style garden he designed in the early 1970’s for St. Joseph Hospital which had a fish pond and waterfall. I played there as a young child. I think there is still a plaque there about his role. And, the water garden became the hallmark of the many Oehme, van Sweden designs. Finally, in his own gardens he always designed and built a fish pond.
For me, I would never consider harming the environment; I only think of how I can help foster the natural world and help wildlife. And I realize that my father’s love of nature runs through me and has created a foundation in my life that guides and inspires me every day. Someday I will create a water garden for my family.