Category: Landscape Architecture & Design

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.
Landscape Architecture & Design

The Dual Career of Calvert Vaux, Architect and Landscape Architect

Remembered as Olmsted's partner, Calvert Vaux introduced him to the profession of landscape architecture and was responsible for keeping him from abandoning it.
Field Notes

Olmsted Network goes West!

Olmsted Network President & CEO Dede Petri recently visited Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA.
Field Notes

The Olmsted Legacy in Seattle

How Olmsted Brothers helped make Seattle a beautiful city.
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

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.