Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Big Plans, Picturing Social Reform

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
July 1, 2019

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Big Plans, Picturing Social Reform

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Big Plans, Picturing Social Reform June 20 – September 15, 2019 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Hostetter Gallery Big Plans: Picturing Social Reform examines how landscape architects and photographers advocated for social reform in the development of Boston, New York, and Chicago in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Using city plans, […]

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Honoring Frederick Law Olmsted’s legacy

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
April 26, 2019

Honoring Frederick Law Olmsted’s legacy

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April 26 is the birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture. In 1877, he partnered with Arboretum Founding Director Charles Sprague Sargent to design the Arnold Arboretum, two decades after his landmark design for New York’s Central Park and one year before he began work on Boston’s Emerald Necklace. The Arboretum’s […]

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Legacies and New Directions in Mapping

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
March 22, 2019

Legacies and New Directions in Mapping

From the original Frederick Law Olmsted paper map imagining “Harvard’s Arboretum” to advanced satellite navigation systems that track our landscape on your desktop or mobile device, mapping is fundamental to documenting our 281-acre landscape and plant collections. Historical maps highlight our legacy of plant exploration and depict the development of the Arboretum, including a grid […]

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Acer triflorum silhouetted, Fujiko Nakaya “Fog x FLO” installation, Summer 2018

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
September 5, 2018

Acer triflorum silhouetted, Fujiko Nakaya “Fog x FLO” installation, Summer 2018

Acer triflorum silhouetted, Fujiko Nakaya Fog x FLO installation, Summer 2018

Acer triflorum silhouetted, Fujiko Nakaya “Fog x FLO” installation, Summer 2018 Photograph by Larissa Glasser Accessibility ramp, Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts August 24, 2018 Morning is an extraordinary time to see highlights of the living collections at the Arnold Arboretum. In August 2018, artist Fujiko Nakaya began her immersive fog sculpture installation […]

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A Dynamic Cultural Institution Rooted in Nature

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
August 10, 2018

A Dynamic Cultural Institution Rooted in Nature

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The Arnold Arboretum represents a vital cultural resource for Boston and New England, both as a historical landscape designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and as a center for the study and appreciation of our natural heritage. Through outreach programs for adults and childen alike, the Arboretum inspires the public to engage with the Arboretum’s collections […]

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The Blue Garden: Recapturing an Iconic Newport Landscape

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
February 5, 2018

The Blue Garden: Recapturing an Iconic Newport Landscape

The Blue Garden

The Blue Garden: Recapturing an Iconic Newport Landscape by Arleyn A. Levee This richly illustrated book tells the story of the creation, decline and renewal of an iconic Newport garden. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. and constructed under the Olmsted Brothers’ exacting supervision between 1910 and 1913, the Blue Garden in its heyday was […]

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Maps tell a story

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
August 1, 2017

Beautiful blizzard in the Arboretum

by William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
February 13, 2017

Beautiful blizzard in the Arboretum

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Thursday’s blizzard, while impressive, was hardly of historic proportion. But, with bone-chilling temperatures, occasional thunder, stiff winds, and sideways falling snow, there was no better time for a couple of walks in the collections. The grounds were dominated by a sense of landscape and the brilliant work of Frederick Law Olmsted who designed the Arnold Arboretum […]

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Frederick Law Olmsted: Writings on Landscape, Culture, and Society

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
January 25, 2016

Frederick Law Olmsted: Writings on Landscape, Culture, and Society

Frederick Law Olmsted

Frederick Law Olmsted: Writings on Landscape, Culture, and Society Edited by Charles E. Beveridge Frederick Law Olmsted (1822–1903) is most often remembered as America’s preeminent landscape architect—a profession he named, helped to define, and elevated into an art form in beloved parks and public spaces, among them New York’s Central Park, Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, the […]

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Frederick Law Olmsted: Plans and Views of Public Parks

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
July 20, 2015

Frederick Law Olmsted: Plans and Views of Public Parks

Frederick Law Olmsted

Frederick Law Olmsted: Plans and Views of Public Parks by Frederick Law Olmsted (Author), Charles E. Beveridge (Editor), Lauren Meier (Editor), Irene Mills (Editor) Lavishly illustrated with over 470 images–129 of them in color–this book reveals Frederick Law Olmsted’s design concepts for more than seventy public park projects through a rich collection of sketches, studies, […]

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