Top Ten Garden Books of 2013: Writing the Garden

December 2, 2013

Now in its second printing, this engaging book is a perfect gift for for someone who wants to garden vicariously on a winter day while sitting beside a cozy fire. According to The Garden Interior editor David Jensen, “No less an authority that the mighty Cicero opined: ‘If you have...

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Pillar of New York Award

November 5, 2013

On October 30 at a gala celebrating the $1.8 billion restoration of the 1952 United Nations complex and the $500 million rebuilding of Central Park by the Central Park Conservancy in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks I was honored to receive the Preservation League of New...

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Book Review by Keith Morgan

September 30, 2013

Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer: A Landscape Critic in the Gilded Age by Judith K. Major For students of American landscape history, Judith K. Major has produced a nuanced and careful analysis of the landscape-gardening criticism of Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer (1851–1934), set within the framework of that author’s fascinating...

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Two Cities, Two Parks: Saturday in Paris, Sunday in New York

September 5, 2013

Paris, Saturday, August 24, 2013. The best remedy I know for jet lag is a long walk. Needless to say, Paris is nonpareil for this kind of fresh-air cure. Today, after checking into our Left Bank hotel, we crossed the Pont Royale and found ourselves in the Tuileries, where we...

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Traveling Through the Netherlands and Belgium

September 2, 2013

 “I hope it doesn’t rain while we are traveling in my country,” said Dutch landscape historian Vanessa Bezemer Sellers, as we reviewed the itinerary for the Foundation for Landscape Studies’ May 2013 tour of the Netherlands and Belgium. But rain it did, practically every day of the trip. Surprisingly, however,...

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