Category: Personal Reflections

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.
Personal Reflections

The Dance And Awe-Inspiring Ornamental Elements Of Nature…

Visiting the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, one author finds a greater meaning for our lives and deeper purpose for our lands.
Personal Reflections

Bringing Olmsted Maps Alive with Color

In an effort to make Olmsted plans more readable and accessible to the general public, Landscape Architect Elena Saporta used Adobe Photoshop to restore and colorize plans for Boston's Emerald Necklace, Chicago's Jackson Park, Rochester's Seneca Park and Atlanta's Druid Hills.
Personal Reflections

My Greenway Corridor

From growing up in a designed landscape to studying landscape architecture and watching the environmental movement grow, Thomas M. Paine's life journey has been heavily influenced by Olmsted and his principles.
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.
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.
Personal Reflections

Walking in the Footsteps of Giants

Olmsted relative and landscape architect Susan Olmsted recounts the magic of walking in her ancestor’s footsteps as she helps restore California’s Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias for future generations.
Personal Reflections

Growing Up in Forest Hills Gardens

Landscape historian and the author Judith B Tankard remembers her formative years in Forest Hills Gardens.
Charles E. Beveridge

Editing the Olmsted Papers Project

In this republished article, Charles Beveridge focuses on efforts by the editors of the Olmsted Papers to assist in the revival and preservation of Olmsted's legacy.
Personal Reflections

Fred and Me: Love is strange

Author Sara Benincasa writes about her love for Frederick Law Olmsted.
Olmsted & Friends Interviews

Olmsted and Friends: Meet Betsy Shure Gross 

Meet Betsy Shure Gross, a member of our Olmsted 200 Honorary Committee!
Personal Reflections

Beauty in Riverside, IL

Benjamin Sells served as Riverside's village president for nearly a decade. During his tenure, he was guided by Olmsted's interest in the beauty and soul of a place.
Personal Reflections

My Walks with Olmsted 

University at Buffalo professor Adam Rome reflects on his walks through Olmsted's Delaware Park and his audio course— The Enduring Genius of Frederick Law Olmsted— on Audible.
Personal Reflections

A Humanities Class in Boston Explores Olmsted and His Legacy 

Wentworth Institute of Technology recently marked Frederick Law Olmsted’s 200th birthday by launching a multidisciplinary humanities elective exploring his achievements, motivations, and legacy. 
Personal Reflections

Discovering Olmsted Jr.

David R. Holden recounts his experiences learning about Olmsted Jr.'s influence in Baltimore and launching the Friends of Maryland’s Olmsted Parks and Landscapes.