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Pioneers of American Landscape will likely become the reference for anyone interested in America's landscape design history. This hefty volume not only fills a huge gap, but it also provides much-needed material in a smart, reputable and inviting manner. The culmination of a decadelong project, these 160 biographical essays, illustrated with 450 plans and photographs, portray the lives and careers of those who shaped America's public and private spaces.
This volume's comprehensive arm reaches, not just into landscape architecture and horticulture, but also into related fields such as journalism, sanitation and conservation. These latter three areas are expertly integrated into the text by Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. Along with the well-researched compilation of "Sites Accessible to the Public," the quality scholarship helps to document how throughout history practitioners have contributed to America's literal and cultural landscapes. Knowing this background helps us weigh the present, as well as to anticipate future environmental challenges.
— Julie Siegel, Landscape Designer, Master Gardener and Volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden