Frederick Law Olmsted

The Father of American Landscape Architecture  It was on this day that the father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, walked the battlefield of Gettysburg – just 15 days after the battle. Olmsted was the General Secretary of the United States Sanitary Commission (USSC) – overseeing the support of sick and wounded soldiers of…

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Today we celebrate the English naturalist who kept a journal for almost three decades. We’ll also learn about the famous English novelist who loved to garden. We salute the father of American landscape architecture and his trip to Gettysburg on this day in 1863. We also recognize the Spanish woman who pioneered a system of…

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Today we celebrate St. Swithin’s Day. We’ll also learn about the English architect who brought classical Roman architecture and the Italian Renaissance to gardens. We celebrate the botanist who attempted to sell his cow to buy a botany book by Robert Morison. We also celebrate the birthday of a botanist and a teacher of Emily…

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Today we celebrate the co-founder of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a man who maximized his small space garden about 130 years before the rest of us. We’ll learn about the man who came to America to work with Andrew Jackson Downing, and then they both ended up dying by drowning 43 years…

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Frederick Law Olmsted

The Grounds of Gettysburg #OTD It was on this day in 1863 that the father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, walked the battlefield of Gettysburg, just 15 days after the battle. Olmsted was the General Secretary of the United States Sanitary Commission (USSC) – overseeing the support of sick and wounded soldiers of…

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Have you tried growing the herb chervil? Chervil tastes similar to tarragon – it’s sometimes called gourmet parsley. It has a beautiful fern-like leaf, which turns red in the fall, which is another plus. August is a beautiful time to sow chervil – so keep that in mind. The 1884 Dictionary of English Names of…

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Frederick Law Olmsted

A Rise to Power #OTD   It was on this day in 1872 that the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted was nominated in absentia as Vice President of United States.   Banker James McKim and philanthropist Robert Minturn, (who was instrumental in the creation of New York’s Central Park), proposed a ticket featuring Olmsted as…

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Frederick Law Olmsted

The Father of American Landscape Architecture #OTD In 1822 on April 26th, visionary 19th-century landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted was born. He was born to a prosperous family in Hartford, Connecticut. Aside from his legacy as a landscape architect, Olmsted dedicated his entire life to social reform. In many ways, his designs for public spaces…

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How close are your earliest bloomers to your front door? Your crocus, snowdrops, iris, daffodils, tulips, forsythia, daphnes, and magnolias? When I redid my front garden last year, the designer had put all my earliest bloomers right near the front porch and walk. When I asked her reasoning, she reminded me of our long winters.…

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