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Urban Nature: The Legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted

December 7th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Cities|Tags: |

By Doyle Irvin, American Forests

With far more than 100 parks credited to his design, encompassing some of the American public’s most beloved spaces, the impact of Frederick Law Olmsted upon our ability to merge nature and the urbane cannot be overstated. Olmsted is credited with founding what is considered the first ever landscape architecture firm. Because he set such a fine example, cities across the world began to consider green spaces as important requirements for the common good.

Here are nine examples of the green spaces he designed that you can still visit today:

Back Bay Fens, Boston.

Back Bay Fens, Boston. Credit: Ed Lyons via Flickr.


The Biltmore

The Biltmore, Asheville, N.C. Credit: Jennifer Boyer via Flickr.


Central Park

Central Park, New York. Credit: Ralph Hockens via Flickr.


Delaware Park Japanese Garden

Delaware Park Japanese Garden, Buffalo, N.Y. Credit: Tom Bastin via Flickr.


Prospect Park

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, N.Y. Credit: Jorge via Flickr.


Stanford University

Stanford University, Stanford, Calif. Credit: Steve Jurveston via Flickr.


University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, Calif. Credit: Daniel Parks via Flickr.


United States Capitol

United States Capitol, Washington, D.C. Credit: Daniel Mennerich via Flickr.


Wellesley College

Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass. Credit: Soe Lin via Flickr.

December 7th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Cities|Tags: |