Category: Field Notes

Field Notes

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.
Field Notes

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.
Field Notes

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.
Field Notes

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.
Field Notes

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.
Field Notes

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.
Field Notes

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.
Field Notes

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.
Field Notes

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.
Field Notes

A Tale of Two Storms

When a 1979 tornado leveled 80% of Louisville's Cherokee Park, it launched the Olmsted Park Conservancy, but it also unleashed a new danger.
Conservation & Advocacy

Privatization of Our Parks Is A Real Danger

The Olmsted Network weighs in on the legal challenge to proposed renovations to White Stadium in Boston's Franklin Park.
Field Notes

Celebrating Druid Hills’ Olmsted Linear Park

Olmsted Linear Park Alliance recently hosted its annual Green & Gold Gala, raising over $65,000 to support the preservation of the park and the care of its magnificent trees.
Field Notes

The Evolution of Shelburne Farms

The Olmsted Network recently welcomed Shelburne Farms for a presentation on the history and evolution of the 1,400-acre historic landscape in Vermont.
Field Notes

Student Artists to Olmsted’s Defense

When development threatened the Genesee Valley Park in Rochester, NY, the Land Protector Project responded.