Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) was the founder of American landscape architecture and most appreciated as the park designer who created the much-loved refuges in our cities.
Best known for his work in Central Park, he collaborated with Calvert Vaux in New York on this first project. Olmsted organized 4,000 workers to move boulders to create meadows and a waterfall, along with knolls, lakes and forested areas. He planted more than 4 millions trees to contrast the stone archways, formal terrace, and steps. Today the city towers over the park, but when Olmsted planned it in the mid-1800s, most New Yorkers lived below 38th street.
As a designer, Olmsted drew on the influence of natural scenery. Much of his inspiration from nature traces …[ … ] Read The Full Story