The landscape of Plimoth Patuxet Museums provides material to write a thousand novels or period pieces portraying the way of life and culture in America from pre-history to present. From Wampanoag storytelling and their encounters with Europeans to the arrival of the Pilgrims in the early 17th century, dramatic events and groundbreaking activities left an … More Mary P. Cunningham: a pioneering woman in landscape architecture.
Starting a new job requires a lot of time spent learning and adapting to new work cultures, processes, work flows, and how to tap into the two-way flow of institutional knowledge. Amongst climbing this learning curve, settling in with my staff and department as well as tackling projects, I’ve been dying to begin starting to … More Rediscovering Olmsted layers at Plimoth: first steps
After nearly two years in Washington DC stewarding a beautiful Federal-era property in Georgetown, I’ve answered a calling to return to my roots in New England- where i first learned to grow plants, explore designed landscapes, research changes in land over time, and observe how humans interact with their environment. This calling led me to … More Introducing Plimoth Patuxet
I’ve been to Chanticleer gardens many times since first moving to the area to study landscape architecture almost 15 years ago. The organization is known for excelling as a display garden, with incredibly managed and curated outdoor rooms and spaces that truly transcends our imaginations and senses in terms of what can be accomplished when … More #Chanticleer Garden’s elevated #walkway and a show-stopper #plant #ada
I spent my lunchbreak sunning at Schmidt’s Commons, a 80,000 square-foot, open-air urban space in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia that’s part of a larger mixed-use development district. The entire complex comprises of 35 artists’ studios and boutiques and several restaurants. The property was developed by Bart Blatstein as “the Piazza” and then sold to Kushner Properties in 2013, … More #Schmidt’s Commons: Failed #piazza, successful #urban destination.
July 2017 marks another great journey to California’s Central Coast, and on this trip was a special visit to Lotusland, located in the Santa Barbara region of the Central Coast. I had previously been in the area just a year before in March to see Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens, which is absolutely stunning in the … More Lotusland, CA
I recently did a quick day trip to Washington DC after finding some real cheap Megabus tickets months earlier out of Philly. My main goal for the day was to celebrate the March for Science event happening that weekend as well as getting to see the tail end of the cherry blossoms that decorate the … More Washington DC Highlights
Also a stop on the New Orleans trip was Longue Vue House and Gardens. I was intrigued to visit initially due the design history of the property. Ellen Biddle Shipman was a leading landscape architect of the time and designed the grounds around 1934. Her mentor was Charles A. Platt, whose sons William and Geoffrey … More Longue Vue House and Gardens
I spent the day at the Burden Museum and Gardens, which consists of the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens, Windrush Gardens, and the Rural Life Museum. It covers 440 acres in Baton Rouge and was owned by the Burden family before being partially gifted to and acquired by LSU. The LSU AgCenter’s mission is to provide the people of … More LSU AgCenter / Burden Museum and Gardens
In mid-November I spent a long weekend in Chattanooga, TN visiting a good high school friend who recently purchased a house. It was my first time visiting the state of Tennessee, and growing up as a Yankee, I didn’t really have a sense of the state’s identity. I knew about the historic TVA authority, that VW … More Chattanooga, TN Landscapes