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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.
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Washington Park Is Named County Historic Landmark

The Olmsted Network celebrates exciting progress in Milwaukee, WI, as Washington Park receives historic designation.
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Bringing Olmsted Parks & Principles to APHA Annual Meeting 

The Olmsted Network emphasized the vital relationship between public parks and public health during the American Public Health Association’s 2023 Annual Meeting & Expo in Atlanta, GA.
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Montrose Park’s Historic White Oak Partly Removed

Friends of Montrose Park in Washington, DC, say goodbye to a long-standing white oak tree and make plans for future tree planting.
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Students in Downing Park Embrace Root for Trees! Program

The Garden Club of Orange and Dutchess Counties welcomed students to Downing Park for the kick-off for the Root for Trees! Program.
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Olmsted City of Greater Utica Wraps Big Year with Big News

Olmsted City of Greater Utica celebrates the restoration of the historic Lily Pond in F.T. Proctor Park and its receipt of a large USDA Community Forestry Grant.
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Belle Isle Conservancy Searches for CEO

In October, Belle Isle Conservancy began its search for a new leader.
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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.
Conservation & Advocacy

Crichton Club Speech Paves Way for Olmsted Preservation in Ohio

Olmsted Network President & CEO Anne "Dede" Petri recently spoke at the prestigious Crichton Club, calling for a deeper commitment to the preservation of Ohio's rich Olmsted heritage.
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Birkenhead Park in Running for UNESCO World Heritage Status 

Birkenhead Park added to the 2023 UK Tentative List for World Heritage for pioneering urban, public parks and serving most famously as the inspiration for New York’s Central Park.

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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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