Category: Landscape Architecture & Design

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.
Research & Writings

That Artist of Landscape Gardening: Andrew Jackson Downing

Andrew Jackson Downing, a young nurseryman from Newburgh, NY, was America’s leading landscape gardening artist and introduced the nation to the Beautiful and Picturesque.

A Connecticut Mansion is Lost and Found

In Manchester, Connecticut, Anne W. Cheney’s mansion once stood on a 40-acre landscape designed by Olmsted Brothers. A local landscape architect identifies what remains.
Field Notes

The Springtime Gift from Japan

Each spring, cherry blossoms are a beloved feature of many Olmsted landscapes.
Field Notes

Riverside Now Fully Covered as National Historic Landmark

Recognized for its historical and architectural significance, the Village of Riverside, IL, recently received expanded National Historic Landmark boundaries.
Field Notes

Conversations with Olmsted: ASLA at 125

Experts John King, Torey Carter-Conneen, Kate Orff and Thomas Woltz discuss the past, present and future of landscape architecture.
Field Notes

The Olmsted Brothers’ Western Frontier: Semi-Arid Design for California

In a new webinar, Cal Poly professor Christine Edstom O’Hara discusses Olmsted Brothers’ design for Palos Verdes.
Field Notes

Exploring Historic Roadways: Highlights from Our Inaugural Munch & Learn Lecture

The Olmsted Network welcomed historic roads expert Dan Marriott for a deep dive into the history and modern uses of park roads.
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

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.
Landscape Architecture & Design

Dept. of Homeland Security Designates Landscape Architecture a S.T.E.M. Discipline

The designation recognizes the high degree of science, technology, engineering and mathematics course work required in landscape architecture collegiate programs.
Field Notes

Lake Wales Heritage Plants Trees & Inspires Students

Located in the heart of Florida, Lake Wales has a rich Olmsted history. Lake Wales Heritage, the local conservancy, intends to bring FLO Jr.’s vision for the landscape back to life— all while introducing local students to landscape architecture.
Field Notes

Seaside Park’s Gateway Trail Opens

Just in time for the summer season, Seaside Park’s long-awaited “park within a park” opens up in Bridgeport, CT.
Olmsted & the Olmsted Firm

Alabama’s Olmsted Legacy 

Exploring the Olmsted Brothers impact on Birmingham, AL.