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Greening the City
Urban Landscapes in the Twentieth Century

Edited by Dorothee Brantz and Sonja Duempelmann

The modern city is not only pavement and concrete. Parks, gardens, trees, and other plants are an integral part of the urban environment. Often the focal points of social movements and political interests, green spaces represent far more than simply an effort to balance the man-made with the... More


Shaping the Postwar Landscape
New Profiles from the Pioneers of American Landscape Design Project

Edited by Charles A. Birnbaum and Scott Craver

Shaping the Postwar Landscape is the latest contribution to the Cultural Landscape Foundation’s well-known reference project, Pioneers of American Landscape Design, the first volume of which appeared nearly a quarter of a century ago. The present collection features profiles of seventy-two... More


The Camaro in the Pasture
Speculations on the Cultural Landscape of America

Robert B. Riley

Robert Riley has been a renowned figure in landscape studies for over fifty years, valued for his perceptive, learned, and highly entertaining articles, reviews, and essays. Much of Riley’s work originally ran in Landscape, the pioneering magazine at which Riley succeeded the great geographer J. B... More


Foreign Trends in American Gardens
A History of Exchange, Adaptation, and Reception

Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto

Foreign Trends in American Gardens addresses the influence of foreign, designed landscapes on the development of their American counterparts. Including essays from an array of significant scholars in landscape studies, this collection examines topics ranging from the importation of Western and... More


Cartooning the Landscape


Chip Sullivan

One of the singular talents in landscape design, Chip Sullivan has shared his expertise through a seemingly unusual medium that, at second glance, makes perfect sense--the comic strip. For years Sullivan entertained readers of Landscape Architecture Magazine with comic strips that ingeniously... More


National Park Roads
A Legacy in the American Landscape

Timothy Davis

From Acadia and Great Smoky Mountains to Zion and Mount Rainier, millions of visitors tour America’s national parks. While park roads determine what most visitors see and how they see it, however, few pause to consider when, why, or how the roads they travel on were built. In this extensively... More


Drawn to Landscape
The Pioneering Work of J. B. Jackson

Edited by Janet Mendelsohn and Christopher Wilson

From 1951 to 1969, John Brinckerhoff (J. B.) Jackson founded, edited, and published Landscape, a magazine that changed the way scholars, writers, teachers, designers, planners, and artists came to understand the everyday places that surround us and influence us in fundamental ways. Then, as a... More


Cornelia Hahn Oberlander
Making the Modern Landscape

Susan Herrington. Foreword by Marc Treib

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander is one of the most important landscape architects of the twentieth century, yet despite her lasting influence, few outside the field know her name. Her work has been instrumental in the development of the late-twentieth-century design ethic, and her early years working with... More


The General in the Garden
George Washington's Landscape at Mount Vernon

Edited by Susan P. Schoelwer

The General in the Garden provides an engaging, informative, and richly illustrated introduction to George Washington’s landscape at Mount Vernon—arguably the best-documented, best-preserved complex of gardens and grounds to survive from eighteenth-century America.The book’s three essays, by Adam... More


Landscape and Images


John R. Stilgoe

John Stilgoe is just looking around. This is more difficult than it sounds, particularly in our mediated age, when advances in both theory and technology too often seek to replace the visual evidence before our own eyes rather than complement it. We are surrounded by landscapes charged with our... More


Flights of Imagination
Aviation, Landscape, Design

Sonja Dümpelmann

In much the same way that views of the earth from the Apollo missions in the late 1960s and early 1970s led indirectly to the inauguration of Earth Day and the modern environmental movement, the dawn of aviation ushered in a radically new way for architects, landscape designers, urban planners,... More


The Working Man's Green Space
Allotment Gardens in England, France, and Germany, 1870-1919

Micheline Nilsen

With antecedents dating back to the Middle Ages, the community garden is more popular than ever as a means of procuring the freshest food possible and instilling community cohesion. But as Micheline Nilsen shows, the small-garden movement, which gained impetus in the nineteenth century as rural... More


Unbounded Practice
Women and Landscape Architecture in the Early Twentieth Century

Thaïsa Way

Women have practiced as landscape architects for over a century, since the founding of the practice as a profession in the United States in the 1890s. They came to landscape architecture as gardeners, garden designers, horticulturalists, and fine artists. They simultaneously shaped the profession... More


Public Nature
Scenery, History, and Park Design

Edited by Ethan Carr, Shaun Eyring, and Richard Guy Wilson

This diverse new collection of essays, written by scholars, practitioners, and public-land managers, considers the history of public park design, as well as the parks themselves as repositories of cultural values. In exploring the role design has played in these public spaces, the contributors look... More


Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer
A Landscape Critic in the Gilded Age

Judith K. Major

Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer (1851–1934) was one of the premier figures in landscape writing and design at the turn of the twentieth century, a moment when the amateur pursuit of gardening and the increasingly professionalized landscape design field were beginning to diverge. This intellectual... More


Almost Home
The Public Landscapes of Gertrude Jekyll

Kristine F. Miller

The perennial borders and woodland gardens Gertrude Jekyll designed for the estates of monied clients continue to inspire designers, historians, and enthusiasts today, as do her writings on the seasonal qualities of gardens. While numerous biographers, garden historians, and critics have described... More


World's Fair Gardens
Shaping American Landscapes

Cathy Jean Maloney

As showcases for dramatic changes in garden style and new technology, world’s fairs offered leading landscape designers and nurserymen the chance to tempt visitors to try new garden trends in backyards across the nation. From horticultural innovations to new landscape styles, the wonders displayed... More


Melodramatic Landscapes
Urban Parks in the Nineteenth Century

Heath Schenker

During the nineteenth century, large, naturalistic urban parks began to appear in cities around the world. These parks, as Melodramatic Landscapes engagingly demonstrates, offered the opportunity for visitors to assert their social status in performances suited to the theatrical age in which they... More


Shaping the American Landscape
New Profiles from the Pioneers of American Landscape Design Project

Charles A. Birnbaum and Stephanie Foell, eds.

Shaping the American Landscape explores the lives and work of 151 professionals who quite literally shaped both the land itself and our ideas of what the American landscape means. Although the contributors consider many important figures from the past, the book breaks new ground by including... More


Historic Virginia Gardens
Preservation Work of The Garden Club of Virginia, 1975–2007

Margaret Page Bemiss. Photography by Roger Foley

For more than seventy-five years, The Garden Club of Virginia has undertaken garden research and preservation work at numerous historic sites across the Old Dominion, restoring and creating beautiful landscapes for the education and enjoyment of all, from backyard gardeners to design professionals... More


The Fruits and Fruit Trees of Monticello


Peter J. Hatch

Lavishly illustrated, Peter Hatch's The Fruits and Fruit Trees of Monticello is not only a detailed history of Jefferson's gardens and their re-creation but a virtual encyclopedia of early American pomology.


Literature of Place
Dwelling on the Land before Earth Day, 1970

Melanie Simo

In a world that is increasingly reliant on science, technology, and virtual relationships, our reciprocal and intimate connection to place has often been overlooked. This concern is now at the forefront of debate among environmental planners and designers, who are asking: What is distinctive and... More


Design with Culture
Claiming America's Landscape Heritage

Charles A. Birnbaum and Mary V. Hughes, eds.

Often viewed as nostalgic and inauthentic, the work of early preservationists has frequently been underrated by modern practitioners. Rather than considering early preservation within its historical context, many modern preservationists judge their predecessors’ work by contemporary standards,... More


An American Cutting Garden
A Primer for Growing Cut Flowers Where Summers Are Hot and Winters Are Cold

Suzanne McIntire

In An American Cutting Garden Suzanne McIntire describes how to plan a cutting garden, choose suitable plants, keep the garden in good order, and harvest a bountiful crop—all with charm and humor. Using both common and botanical names, she discusses in depth a wide variety of herbaceous perennials... More


The Pleasure Gardens of Virginia
From Jamestown to Jefferson

Peter Martin

Using a rich assortment of illustrations and biographical sketches, Peter Martin relates the experiences of colonial gardeners who shaped the natural beauty of Virginia's wilderness into varied displays of elegance. He shows that ornamental gardening was a scientific, aesthetic, and cultural... More


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