Category: Field Notes

Field Notes

Maplewood Memorial Park Conservancy wins grant for park improvements

Thanks to an AARP Community Challenge Grant, Maplewood Memorial Park in NJ will receive a new walkway and new entryway plantings—updates that will better pedestrian access and bring the park closer to its original designs.
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Mythbusting: The “Trees and Crime” Myth

Our friends at Casey Trees explore the connection, or lack thereof, between neighborhood trees and crime rates.
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Olmsted Network goes West!

Olmsted Network President & CEO Dede Petri recently visited Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA.
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The Olmsted Legacy in Seattle

How Olmsted Brothers helped make Seattle a beautiful city.
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Rock Creek Conservancy helps shape future of historic amphitheater

Alliance forms to revitalize the historic Carter Barron Amphitheater in Washington, D.C.'s Rock Creek Park.
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Olmsted Now Committee of Neighborhoods Wins BSLA Award

A multi-pronged campaign to establish public spaces as essential infrastructure for democratic exchange and community health is recognized by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects.
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USCHS offers Christmas in July discount on Olmsted ornament 

Originally sold for $28, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society is now offering its exclusive bicentennial ornament for only $20.
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“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.