Author: Victoria Vanhuss

Conservation & Advocacy

Olmsted parks and places adapt in the face of climate change

As landscapes contend with the realities of climate change, the Olmsted Network and our coalition of partners embrace Olmsted’s nature-based solutions.
Field Notes

A Long History for a Short Bridge 

After 25 years of community advocacy, the beloved Carlton Street Footbridge has reopened to visitors of Boston's Emerald Necklace.
Field Notes

Downing Park Conservancy Sports New Logo

Downing Park Conservancy aims to attached new park supporters with recent rebrand.
Field Notes

Buffalo’s South Park Arboretum Awarded Level 1 Accreditation 

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy recently received recognition by ArbNet and Morton Register for the South Park Arboretum.
Conferences & Events

Recap: The Olmsteds in Wisconsin 

The Olmsted Network recently returned from our annual conference in Milwaukee, WI. Highlights included tours of Milwaukee’s Olmsted parks, a visit to an exceptional residential property in Lake Geneva, as well as an awards dinner honoring our 2023 award winners.
Personal Reflections

Memories of Washington Park  

Kathy Smith recalls growing up near Washington Park in Milwaukee, WI, and her trip back to revisit this special place.
Field Notes

Trinity College Secures Arboretum Status

The Trinity College Arboretum was established during Olmsted 200 and the institution’s own bicentennial year.
Field Notes

Olmsted Parks Conservancy and KSU bring goats to Iroquois Park

Olmsted Parks Conservancy has partnered with Kentucky State University to rid Iroquois Park of invasive plants.
Field Notes

Main Drive Restoration: Looking to the Past for Planting Fields’ Future

Planting Fields Foundation is continuing the restoration of our Olmsted-designed landscape, including planting 110 oak trees.
Field Notes

Good News for Morningside Park’s Beloved Pond and Waterfall

Friends of Morningside Park, NYCParks and Columbia University launch research partnership to study toxic pond algae and revitalize the park’s pond and waterfall.
Olmsted 200

Olmsted Network Recognized by Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice  

The Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice awarded the Olmsted Network its Recognition Award for its Olmsted 200 initiative.
Conservation & Advocacy

Let Olmsted Point the Way  

The planned demolition of Boston's Shattuck Hospital presents an opportunity to reclaim public parkland.
Conservation & Advocacy

Olmsted Network Announces 2023 Award Winners

The Olmsted Network is proud to recognize Constance Guardi, Arleyn Levee, Friends of Olmsted-Beil House, Lake Park Friends and the Washington Park Camera Club Archives Committee for their service to Olmsted places and principles.
In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Joan Kaplan Davidson

Joan Kaplan Davidson was an early supporter of Central Park Conservancy, Prospect Park Alliance and the National Association for Olmsted Parks. She will be remembered as a key figure in the movement to protect and preserve Olmsted parks and places.
Personal Reflections

Retracing Olmsted’s Footsteps

Olmsted Network President & CEO Dede Petri recounts the trip of a lifetime, retracing Frederick Law Olmsted's footsteps in England with John Phibbs, Gilly Kitching and 12 intrepid Olmsted pilgrims. Olmsted’s first book and delightful travelogue, Walks and Talks of an American Farmer in England, provides the backdrop for these observations.