Travis Beck is NYBG’s Landscape and Gardens Project Manager and the author of the new book Principles of Ecological Landscape Design. Travis’ book has been getting rave reviews from landscape design blogs and magazines all over the U.S. Learn more about his inspiration in writing this useful and timely new work in this great interview with The Metropolitan Field Guide. ~AR
Woodlawn is also home to some highly significant landscape designs, including two by Beatrix Jones Farrand, the same woman who designed the Garden’s Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden. Far from being creepy or depressing, Woodlawn is an incredible place to visit on a beautiful day. ~AR
Woodlawn Cemetery is distinguished by monuments and memorials that are recognized as some of the “finest examples of funerary art in the country”.
Some of the memorials are very, very grand. The following three are far from the largest or the grandest.
Some are very simple.
Lovely writeup on a major restoration effort at Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Have you ever heard more mellifluous names than Music Island and Lower Concert Grove? Congratulations to our friends in the borough of Kings! ~AR
Prospect Park: The Restoration of Music Island http://bit.ly/TzlaV3
I can barely comprehend how amazing the Instituto Inhotim must be. In the “middle of the Brazilian nowhere,” the brainchild of the mining magnate Bernardo Paz, Inhotim is a botanical garden, experimental art space, and open-air museum spanning over 1 million square meters in southeast Brazil (it was also recently profiled by the New York Times). A bit closer to home, each day we’re getting closer and closer to the official opening of Manolo Valdés Monumental Sculpture, our own exploration of art and landscape. Has anyone been to Inhotim? I would love to hear what you thought! ~AR
Landscape design has gone to the dogs … literally! I love this piece by landscape designer Lisa DuRussel about designing urban spaces with pooches in mind. Sure, most dog runs don’t have a lot of plants in them, but landscape design is often about way more than where to put that azalea so it doesn’t clash with the hydrangeas. It’s an interesting and brief read, so click through! (oh, and ps - the pictures are pretty cute, too). Oh, and if you’re interested in becoming a landscape designer, the Garden offers tons of classes, for amateurs, professionals, and everyone in between. ~AR
The New York City Garden Photographs of Frances Benjamin Johnston
Taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston in the late 19th- and early 20th-centuries to accompany magazine articles, these beautiful images serve as a portal to gardening and landscaping trends of the past. The images of the gardens of New York City are especially wonderful. Take an hour this morning while you sip your coffee or tea to leisurely scroll through this wonderful new resource. ~AR
Looking at this beautiful slideshow from Garden Design Magazine of outdoor plants that you should try bringing indoors for the winter made us realize that foliage plants are, to many, the final frontier when falling deeply in love with gardening. It’s easy to get hooked on vegetables, and flowers are utterly charming. But plants that are grown simply for the foliage—that’s a bit of a harder sell. Do you love foliage plants? If so, what are your favorites?
The Buffalo News gets an exclusive look into one of the two remaining privately-owned, intact landscapes designed by Frederic Law Olmstead Jr. Olmstead, the son of Frederic Law Olmstead, and his stepbrother, John Charles Olmstead, were the principal landscape designers in the Olmstead Brothers firm. In the 1920s, Olmstead Brothers developed Calvert Vaux’s original 1894 plan for The New York Botanical Garden into a formal master plan.
The property—owned by the billionaires Jeremy and Peggy Jacobs—is 250-acres (as big as the Garden!) and is rarely open to the public. And while the slideshow is utterly drool-worthy, the interview with the Jacobs’ is a must-read, fascinating look into another world.
Here’s a gardening challenge: How do you recreate the native habitat of the western lowland gorilla … In Ireland? This was the challenge posed to Stephen Butler, curator of plants at the Dublin Zoo. Read all about his fascinating challenge in the Irish Times.
The Queen is looking for a head gardener for her estate in Scotland, Balmoral. Accommodations are included and remuneration is “attractive.” If this isn’t your idea of a gardener’s dream job, what is?
Are you surprised when nature invades your modern world? Diane Ackerman explores the intersection of nature and suburbia, and finds animals.
Two local artists, Karen Vogel of Darien and Greenwich artist Liana Moonie, interpret nature in concurrent solo print exhibits at Fairfield’s ArtPlace Gallery, from June 7- July 9. A landscape designer as well as a long-time painter, Vogel’s exhibit, “Landscapes of the Mind,” is based on drawings she originally created in classes at The New York Botanical Garden.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information visit ArtPlace’s website or call (203) 292-8328.
The architecture firm Leeser is proposing a fascinating integration of gardens into their design for the World Mammoth and Permafrost Museum in Yakutsk, Siberia. The museum will be built on permafrost, and so some of the garden integration is to help insulate the building in an effort to avoid heat transfer that could harm this delicate ecosystem.
Via the Garden Visit blog.
What you see above is the plan for the 66-acre Parque Central in Valenica, Spain’s third-largest city. The park is being built in conjunction with urban redevelopment brought about by the country’s heavy investment in high-speed rail. Rather than just using it as an opportunity to put up more buildings, Valencia is giving its residents 23 hectares of gardens and open spaces. Bravo!
The New York Times has a fantastic Q&A with Piet Oudolf—friend of the Garden and landscape designer du jour—on how to go about designing a four-season garden. It’s easy to get hung-up on the gorgeous photos, but do be sure to read Oudolf’s fantastic tips on how to design for winter interest.