End of Winter from Okerstrom Lang Ltd

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The ice storm of December 2008 hit the higher hills in Copake, NY. This image I shot is a view from the swimming pool terrace looking SW on the 25-acre property, which we created a master plan for.

For this entry drive to a new home we had to build up along the septic field using large native boulders for an 8’ grade change. The septic field is in the foreground and planted with a native field grass and meadow mix. Mass plantings of Dwarf Rubeckia and Russian Sage are grouped along the top of the boulders and they flow down the slope. Custom designed post lights with barn light company lights provide pools of light along the driveway.

Pool and pool house in backyard of a new home in Great Barrington, MA. Our firm designed all aspects of the project. Pool house is connected to town sewer and water systems. Shaded nook has large array of outdoor furniture and a small wet bar. Dwarf ornamental grass (Hamln) defines the pool terrace and pathway to the lower level of the house. Outdoor pathlights are scattered along the pathways.

Hopefully the snow and ice are easing off…we have had a cold winter but a severe lack of snow. The snow insulates the ground for all of our plants; hopefully we will not see winter-kill of trees, shrubs and perennials.

March 19, 2020 is the official first day of spring, hurray! The signs of spring for me are the return of migratory birds like Robins, Cedar Waxwings and Warblers.

Early spring is the time to re-assess your property for:

• Winter damage & repairs to architecture, landscape and hardscape.
• Review how you would like to improve your landscape & gardens by landscaping and hardscape.

Please contact Craig Okerstrom-Lang, ASLA, RLA for a consult at 413-329-6165

Our 30th Anniversary from Okerstrom Lang Ltd

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Okerstrom Lang Ltd, Landscape Architects is celebrating their 30th year in business.

Established in 1990, the firm was created by Craig Okerstrom-Lang, RLA, ASLA in Great Barrington, MA. Since its inception OL Ltd has played a significant role in shaping outdoor spaces in cities, towns, camps and private homes throughout the Berkshires.

Specializing in design, master planning and construction management, the firm works in the tri-state region (CT, MA, NY) surrounding its design studio in downtown Great Barrington.

Clients include both the private and public sector where we collaborate with a wide variety of team members.

Our design studio has been above the 1902 Harland B Fosters cast iron building on Bridge Street for the past 20 years. Foster’s Hardware is gone but Hammertown is our new neighbor downstairs. Please stop in and say, “hello”.

Visit our WEB page for ideas for your projects and property. We are thankful to our clients for their trust in our services and continued business.

My wife Annie OL and I love to walk with our Chihuahuas’, ‘Bella & Olive’. This picture is of us along the McAllister Park walk in Great Barrington, MA and our guest pooch, ‘Ginger’ Blechman.

“Scissor Garden”, Richmond, MA designed in collaboration with our clients, Ken & Cathy. This garden is the entrance to the swimming pool, which is about 5’-6” above the garden entrance. Split-face bluestone steps (from Herrington’s, Hillsdale) are juxtapositioned, on angles, up the pathway.

Very low perennials fill the voids created by the scissoring steps. The masses of perennials provide blooming all summer and the ornamental grasses continue thru the fall. None of the plantings exceeds 24” in height so views from the pool terrace are not blocked.

Please contact Craig Okerstrom-Lang, ASLA, RLA for a consult at 413-329-6165

Loose ends, planning & holiday time

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November is predictable for the hard frosts and the leaves have fallen from most of our deciduous trees. The structural beauty of our trees is now in view. I like to consider the bark structure and texture of trees we use in our landscape design. Start to study these for your landscape. What is un-predictable is what weather we will have starting at Thanksgiving Day weekend. I have experienced ice storms and snow on that weekend and being the start of winter. This shuts down all outdoor construction. Have also experienced sunny, mild temperatures for the whole month of November and December. One year we laid sod along a new swimming pool the first week in January! Enjoy your Thanksgiving with family and friends.

October News

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The air is crisp, we are wearing layers of clothing while being outdoors hiking and working in our gardens. It is one of my favorite times of the year, as long as it not rainy.

My best prediction for best fall colors in the Berkshires is the 2nd week of October. In 2018 the fall colors seemed dull here but in Northern Michigan they were spectacular, while we were in Traverse City, Michigan and Leelanau County.

So enjoy your last days of decent outdoor weather. This is an excellent time to plan any projects for spring 2020!

End of Summer, stirrings of Fall

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New swimming pool that was started fall 2018 and finished for the 2019 Memorial Day weekend for a young family in South Berkshire County. Designed to accommodate large family gatherings, this 18’ x 50’ pool has a bench seat along the entire length (to the left side of image). Automatic pool cover keeps the pool clean of most debris and saves energy.

It’s Officially Summer!

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July is when all our favorite summer entertainment opens: Tanglewood Jacob’s Pillow Berkshire Theatre Festival Barrington Stage Mahaiwe Theater Williamstown Theater Festival Time to schedule dates with your friends and family and take a picnic to Tanglewood and enjoy one of the most beautiful public campuses around. My favorite places at Tanglewood include (we always use the Lion’s Gate entrance): Pre-concert picnics and sippin’ at the south lawn, which has a special view of Stockbridge Bowl and the Berkshire Mountains. Great play lawn for kids also. Don’t miss the Hemlock maze off the south lawn. The great lawn to listen […]

April News

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Hopefully the snow and ice are gone…last March 2018 the largest snowstorm of the year occurred the last week of March and snow continued into the first week of April!
March 20, 2019 was the first day of spring and the anticipation of early spring flowers is in the air and migrating birds are returning.

Small Landscapes Before and After

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Since starting our firm in 1990, we have designed and had built many different types and sizes of landscapes for our residential clients. We also design for commercial and institutional clients. While the larger projects pay the bills, so to speak, and these residential projects are typically lower in scope and budget, they are frequently challenging to get built for our clients, and the impressive difference between before and after justifies the effort. For some of these smaller projects, we complete them on a fixed fee, design-build basis. I get out there with my assistants and subcontractors and we get […]