Author: Victoria Vanhuss

Olmsted & Friends Interviews

Olmsted and Friends: Meet Tupper Thomas

Meet Tupper Thomas, former head of Prospect Park Alliance and Park Administrator.
Field Notes

Preservation Takes Root in Biltmore’s Italian Garden

In their most ambitious landscape preservation project since 2005, Biltmore is planting an American holly hedge along one side of its Italian Garden. This will improve the view and restore the design to Olmsted’s original vision.
Field Notes

Washington Park Is Named County Historic Landmark

The Olmsted Network celebrates exciting progress in Milwaukee, WI, as Washington Park receives historic designation.
Field Notes

Bringing Olmsted Parks & Principles to APHA Annual Meeting 

The Olmsted Network emphasized the vital relationship between public parks and public health during the American Public Health Association’s 2023 Annual Meeting & Expo in Atlanta, GA.
Field Notes

Montrose Park’s Historic White Oak Partly Removed

Friends of Montrose Park in Washington, DC, say goodbye to a long-standing white oak tree and make plans for future tree planting.
Field Notes

Students in Downing Park Embrace Root for Trees! Program

The Garden Club of Orange and Dutchess Counties welcomed students to Downing Park for the kick-off for the Root for Trees! Program.
Field Notes

Olmsted City of Greater Utica Wraps Big Year with Big News

Olmsted City of Greater Utica celebrates the restoration of the historic Lily Pond in F.T. Proctor Park and its receipt of a large USDA Community Forestry Grant.
Field Notes

Belle Isle Conservancy Searches for CEO

In October, Belle Isle Conservancy began its search for a new leader.
Field Notes

Ribbon Cutting Celebrates River Restoration for Boston’s Emerald Necklace 

On November 29, the Boston community celebrated the completion of the Muddy River Flood Risk Management Project.
Conservation & Advocacy

Crichton Club Speech Paves Way for Olmsted Preservation in Ohio

Olmsted Network President & CEO Anne "Dede" Petri recently spoke at the prestigious Crichton Club, calling for a deeper commitment to the preservation of Ohio's rich Olmsted heritage.
Field Notes

Birkenhead Park in Running for UNESCO World Heritage Status 

Birkenhead Park added to the 2023 UK Tentative List for World Heritage for pioneering urban, public parks and serving most famously as the inspiration for New York’s Central Park.
Personal Reflections

Bringing Olmsted Maps Alive with Color

In an effort to make Olmsted plans more readable and accessible to the general public, Landscape Architect Elena Saporta used Adobe Photoshop to restore and colorize plans for Boston's Emerald Necklace, Chicago's Jackson Park, Rochester's Seneca Park and Atlanta's Druid Hills.
Spotlights

Spotlight on…Planting Fields

Learn more about Planting Fields, a former Gold Coast estate on Long Island, NY.
Field Notes

Weed Wrangle in Deepdene Forest 

Volunteers from across Atlanta joined Olmsted Linear Park Alliance to remove invasives from Deepdene Forest.
Field Notes

Lake Wales Leaders Adopt Model Olmsted-Inspired Development Plan

After months of advocacy, the Lake Wales City Commission unanimously adopted the Lake Wales Envisioned plan.