In the garden of Frederick Law Olmsted

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The Frederick Law Olmsted House in Brookline, MA

Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) is one of the most famous landscape architects in, at least, the United States. He is considered one of the pioneers in the landscaping business. His oeuvre is impressive and can be found in 24 of the consecutive states as well as in the District of Columbia.

His most famous work, New York City's Central Park, was realized together with his colleague Calvert Vaux. But he did so much more. Just only in Brooklyn he realized the Eastern Parkway, Fort Greene Park, Grand Army Plaza, Ocean Parkway, and Prospect Park. Outside New York he designed the grounds of the State Capitol in DC. The famous Disney EPCOT Park in Florida was not designed by Olmsted. It was, however, inspired on one of his designs for the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893

Olmsted was also active in the creation of the National Park Service.

The Frederick Law Olmsted House in Brookline, MA
As such he was involved in parks like Acadia National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park.

It is a nice coincidence that this same National Park Service is now managing the house where Olmsted lived and had his first office; the house he moved into in 1883, in the Boston suburb of Brookline. It is now called the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site and can be visited. At least, if you arrive in time! Which I, and my parents, on our way to Boston, did not. It was still light so we wandered a bit through the garden of the old house. Still a special moment, walking through the garden of this genius of garden and landscape design!

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