Author: Mark Roessler

Field Notes

“Olmsted Property” Category Submissions Welcome for Annual PGMS Awards 

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) Green Star Awards includes a category for “Olmsted Property” to recognize management which honors and respects historic properties. It is open to historic properties of all kinds.
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Two Olmsted Landscapes in Connecticut Win Awards

Preservation Connecticut recently recognized Waterbury’s Fulton Park and New Britain’s Walnut Hill Park at their annual awards ceremony.
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Meet LAF’s 2024 Olmsted Scholars 

The Landscape Architecture Foundation recently announced their 2024 Olmsted Scholars— 94 exceptional student leaders, including two National Olmsted Scholar winners and six finalists.
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Lake Wales Envisioned documentary wins 2024 Communicator Award 

Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planning celebrates accolade for documentary about Lake Wales’ Olmsted-inspired plan for expansion.
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Riverside Park Conservancy Completes Bird-Friendly Retrofit

Window collisions kill an estimated one billion birds across the U.S. each year. Riverside Park in New York City recently took steps to make their 100 year old Volunteer House bird-safe.
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Biltmore’s Azalea Garden: A Tribute to Chauncey Beadle

The Azalea Garden at Biltmore is home to more than 20,000 plants and is the culmination of an estate superintendent’s passion.
Olmsted & Friends Interviews

Olmsted and Friends: Meet Parker Andes 

In March 2024, Parker Andes retired from Biltmore after 24 years of service. As the Director of Horticulture, Andes managed the estate’s immaculate grounds and championed Olmsted’s original design intent across the property.
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Biltmore: The Birthplace of American Forestry

When George Vanderbilt began planning his grand estate in Asheville, North Carolina, more than a century ago, portions of the lush forest that surround Biltmore House now once was overworked farmland and overcut woodland.
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Boston: White Stadium Update

Two local advocacy groups— the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and the Franklin Park Defenders— unite to protect Boston's Franklin Park from privatization efforts.
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Looking Southward

Originally published circa 2008, this blog by John Stauffer of Harvard University explores Frederick Law Olmsted’s trips to the South to research the institution of slavery.
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Buffalo: Best Seat in the Universe

The eclipse was a once-in-a-lifetime event, but for the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, planning took all year.
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Park Pride’s Annual Parks & Greenspace Conference in Atlanta Attracts Hundreds

It takes many hands to build a parks system that meets everyone's needs.
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The Past and Present of Downing Park

Downing Park, the last collaboration between Olmsted and Vaux, continues to be a beloved asset in the Newburgh community.
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Chicago to Drain Park’s Vital Wetland 

Against the recommendations of the Midway Plaisance Park Advisory Council, Chicago is set to disfigure another Olmsted-designed park.
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Honoring Joan Bozer, a founding mother of the Olmsted Network

Buffalo city leaders recently named the atrium of the former post office building after preservationist and longtime legislator Joan Bozer.