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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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Downing Park Art Contest

Design artwork for the Olmsted Network’s 2024 conference tote bag!
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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.
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.

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40 Mile Loop continues to expand 40 years after master plan

2023 is the 40th anniversary of Portland, Oregon’s 40 Mile Loop Master Plan, a plan rooted in the City’s Olmsted legacy. John Charles Olmsted’s 1903 report and parks plan submitted to Portland’s Mayor and Park Board recommended a system of parks connected by roughly 40 miles of parkways and tree-lined boulevards. For nearly 50 years, […]

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Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy Employs Augmented Reality

Earlier this summer, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy (Project No. 00700) launched the Olmsted App 2.0, an update to their original mobile app that launched in 2018. The app features updated wayfinding capability, an event calendar, and the latest news. The app also includes cutting-edge technology and imaginative 3D models, through augmented reality (AR), to […]

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Biltmore’s Bass Pond: Re-Creating the Missing Island

Did you know Biltmore’s Bass Pond originally had two islands within it? One of the islands (or “islets,” as landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted referred to them) mysteriously disappeared over the years. However, our horticulture team recently worked to re-create this feature as part of our mission to preserve the estate in Asheville, North Carolina. […]

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Personal Reflections

This blog series explores people's personal connections to the Olmsted family and their beloved landscapes.

Olmsted & Friends Interviews

Olmsted and Friends: Meet Philip Loughlin

Meet Phillip Loughlin, a member of our Olmsted 200 Honorary Committee!
Personal Reflections

Meeting Beauty

Jane Alexander recalls living at 99 Warren Street, the home of the great landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Fairsted is now a National Historic Site.
Olmsted & Friends Interviews

Olmsted and Friends: Meet Betsy Shure Gross 

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

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