Ossian Cole Simonds (1855-1931) was one of the country's earliest and most important landscape architects, the progenitor of the "middle-western movement" of landscape design. He laid out college campuses, arboreta, estates, parks, and the much admired Graceland Cemetery in Chicago. He was also an influential teacher, author, and founder of university programs in landscape architecture, and the only midwesterner among the eleven charter members of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
First published in 1920, Landscape-Gardening presents Simonds's carefully conceived and still timely ideas about an approach to landscape design in which nature is both partner and model. In eighteen well-illustrated chapters, he addresses the design of many different types of landscapes--from residences to parks to school grounds--and recommends an approach based on respect for natural systems and acceptance of stewardship responsibility.
Many of Simonds's ideas were remarkably prescient. He encouraged the use of native plants; he called for the protection of land for aesthetic as well as utilitarian reasons; he championed interconnected park and boulevard systems or "greenways"; he encouraged the planting of "nature gardens"; and he proposed thoughtful solutions to the increasingly ragged edges of early twentieth-century cities, warning of sprawl long before the word was invented.
Simonds wrote his book in response to what he saw as alarming changes in the American landscape. Through it, he hoped to teach both professional and general audiences how to read the natural landscape, and to respect and protect its beauty while creating ever more harmonious places in which to live.
This reprint edition includes a new introduction by Robert E. Grese, which places Simonds's gracefully written text in historical perspective, elucidating many of the broad themes of the profession's early years.
Published in association with Library of American Landscape History: http://lalh.org/
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LANDSCAPEGARDENING FOR ARID AND SEMIARID REGIONS
THE HILLSIDE ROAD
THE RIVER ROAD
THE PRAIRIE ROAD
THE GROUNDS OF RAILWAY STATIONS AND RIGHTS OF WAY
HERBACEOUS FLOWERING PLANTS
MOSSES AND LICHENS
ARRANGEMENT OF PLANTING
How TO PLANT
PLANTING MEDIUMSIZED TREES
PLANTING LARGE TREES
PLANTING BUSHES AND HERBACEOUS SUBJECTS
CARE OF PLANT MATERIALS
WALKS AND DRIVES
THE FARM FOREST
THE FARM ORCHARD AND OTHER FEATURES
PARKS FOREST PRESERVES CITY SQUARES
PLANNING A PARK
GROUNDS FOR GAMES OR RECREATION
OTHER PURPOSES OF A PARK
THE PARK COMMISSION
CITY SQUARES AND TRIANGLES
ARBORETUMS AND BOTANIC GARDENS
SUBDIVISIONS WALKS AND DRIVES
BUILDINGS AND PLANTING
RULES FOR MAINTAINING CEMETERIES
CITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING
PARKS AND LANDSCAPEGARDENING
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Page xxxvi - The guiding spirit was that respect for the quieter beauties of native vegetation which comes to every cultured person after he has lived a few years among the showiest plants from all foreign lands as assembled in ordinary nurseries and in the front yards of beginners. Graceland was to be a place of rest and peace, not a museum or a gaudy show. Should not the same ideal prevail in our home grounds? The first piece of work done by Mr. Simonds that suggests what is now called "restoration...