Try digitalPLUS for 10 days for only $0.99

Battery Park

Wolfgang Oehme, landscape architect

Wolfgang Oehme, landscape architect

Wolfgang Oehme, a renowned landscape architect and a founder of the New American Garden movement, which incorporated windblown ornamental grasses and massed perennial plantings, died of cancer Thursday at his Towson home. He was 81. "He was a consummate landscape architect," said his business partner, Carol Oppenheimer of Pikesville. "He was a plant genius whose intellect is recognized all over the world." In the 1970s, he became known as the "Grass Pope" because of the plants he introduced in this country. He championed plants and trees that require little water or fertilizer, and flowers that peaked at different times of year and would be attractive in the...