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Biography (genre)
Impromptu tour of Olmsted-influenced Roland Park gives new appreciation for master plan

When opportunity knocks, I try to grasp it. On a recent Tuesday afternoon, my friend, a landscape architect and Olmsted devotee, and I planned to work on a program. We are giving a talk and walking tour in April. Our subject is the Olmsted influence in Roland Park, particularly in Plat 2, where the Olmsted firm was first involved in Roland Park. My friend knows all about the father of landscape architecture, his son and his nephew. I know a certain amount about Plat 2. As I worked early Tuesday morning, the phone rang. It was a man who is involved at Ladew Topiary Gardens and works on its program committee. He apologized for the last-minute invitation to dinner at Petit Louisthat...