Place Travel: Discover garden paradises, granite boulders, and moss-carpeted forests.

September 25, 2017

Mount Desert is the largest of the rocky islands that protrude from the waters along the coast of the Gulf of Maine. Dramatically incised with deep harbors and thickly forested with spruce and birch, it became a scenic haven for mid-nineteenth century Hudson River School painters who thought of themselves...

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Book Review: National Park Roads: A Legacy in the American Landscape

March 6, 2017

National Park Roads: A Legacy in the American Landscape By Timothy DavisCharlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2016 Review by Ethan Carr The epigraph of Timothy Davis’s magisterial account of road building in American national parks quotes Sierra Club director, Harold C. Bradley, who simply and correctly asserted: “Park roads determine park...

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Women Who Made New York

November 7, 2016

“I never thought of myself as being in the same league as Mae West, Ella Fitzgerald, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,” Betsy Rogers exclaimed, when she received a complimentary copy of Scelfo’s tribute to an array of heroines of the city. “Of course, praising me is really praising Central Park,” she...

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Place Travel: New York Environs

September 28, 2016

For a comprehensive list of outdoor recreational experiences in the five boroughs, you might start with the postings of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. If you’re an urban hiker, you can find a number of great trails within the city limits along with good descriptions of...

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Place Travel: Romantic Rome

June 15, 2016

Since the days of the empire, Rome has been a destination for travelers of all stripes—medieval and Renaissance pilgrims, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century century Grand Tourists, and twentieth- and twenty-first century vacationers and students. If you have not planned a trip to the Eternal City this summer (or even if you...

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PĆ¼ckler Letters

March 28, 2016

As a follow-up to Pückler’s Andeutungen über Landschaftsgärtnerei (Hints on Landscape Gardening), which the Foundation for Landscape Studies published in association with Birkhäuser in 2014, we are continuing to resurrect the reputation of one of the most important figures in landscape-design history. Written during the years 1826 to 1828, Letters...

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Place Travel: Villa Lante

January 27, 2016

Villa Lante was designed c. 1568-1579 by Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola for Gianfrancesco Gambara (1533–1587) shortly after the latter’s appointment as cardinal by Pope Pius IV. You can enjoy this masterpiece of landscape design simply as a choreographed series of cascades, dripping fountains, and a water parterre flanked by a...

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Place Travel: Vaux-le-Vicomte

November 16, 2015

Meet France’s preeminent landscape designer, André Le Nôtre (1613–1700), at Vaux-le-Vicomte, the garden he designed for Louis XIV's Superintendent of Finances, Nicolas Fourquet, in 1647. Our virtual tour of this great forerunner to Versailles provides an introduction to his genius as the originator of the French Seventeenth-Century Classical style. Vaux-le-Vicomte...

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