| Aug 6, 2012
| 7:06 AM
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - From the back, the Biltmore House appears sleeker and taller than it does from the front. Built into a hillside, the back side is six stories tall, rising majestically from its stone facing to its French Gothic spires, while the front is...
| Mar 19, 2011
John D. Olmsted, a naturalist who led efforts to preserve Northern California nature areas, open space and trails, died of liver cancer March 8 at his home in Nevada City, Calif. He was 73.
Inspired by conservationist John Muir, Olmsted spent more than...
| Feb 16, 2011
| 4:32 PM
It's almost peak blooming season at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales. When is the absolute best time to see more than 150 varieties of camellias and hundreds of azaleas along with nun’s orchids, irises and other flowering plants? It's hard to pin...
| Nov 11, 2011
| 4:33 PM
The latest post in Christopher Hawthorne's Reading L.A. series is on "Eden by Design: The 1930 Olmsted-Bartholomew Plan for the Los Angeles Region"...
| Jun 20, 2011
| 6:29 AM
Biltmore in nearby Asheville, N.C., will be the site of the July 1 opening of Tiffany at Biltmore, an exhibition of 45 stained glass lamps created by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) and The Tiffany Studios. The exhibition will fill The Biltmore Legacy...
| Mar 8, 2011
| 9:08 AM
Lisa is cursing at the Tom Tom on the dashboard. I am cursing at my dysfunctional laptop and/or cellphone. It is raining and cold. Our windows are fogged. Probably with the steam from our ears.
This is what happens when 21st-century reporters go off in...
| Jan 14, 2011
| 5:24 AM
A tiny art park in New London, a sustainable garden landscape amid wetlands, a breathtaking oceanfront house and a healing garden for cancer patients are among the award winners in this year's Connecticut Design Awards competition sponsored by the state's...
| Jul 25, 2011
| 6:25 AM
As New Britain goes, so goes Connecticut. This could probably be said about a number of one-time industrial hubs that fell on hard times, like Meriden (silver), Waterbury (brass) or Danbury (hats). But New Britain, it seems to me, is a unique case....
| May 28, 2012
| 8:03 AM
To purchase a copy of the book:
Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted
Most people have heard of Central Park and Prospect Park in New York, Stanford University in California, the Back Bay Fens and Franklin Park in Boston,...
| Aug 30, 2012
| 11:10 AM
Since its founding by English settlers, Hartford has been one of New England's most populous cities. Over the nearly four centuries of Hartford's existence, millions of people have lived and died here and, in most cases, their earthly remains were...
| Apr 16, 2012
| 9:52 AM
1) Elizabeth Park
Hartford has acres of history. We got your Mark Twain, your Harriet Beecher Stowe, your Wallace Stevens, your Samuel Colt, your Thomas Hooker. Major-league cultural shapers all. A somewhat lesser-known light is Frederick Law Olmsted,...
| Dec 18, 2007
| 8:34 AM
On this date, landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted headed west from Chicago, where he had arrived by train from New York, to a spot about 10 miles from the city. His mission was to inspect 1,600 acres that a group of Eastern businessmen had...