Dolley Madison’s Garden History & Design Committee has a new focus - highlighting garden history and design related educational programs and resources.
This exciting journey starts with the Garden Club of America’s (GCA) Garden History and Design (GH&D) initiative "Parks: Where nature meets community" and continues with the Frederick Law Olmsted 200 Celebration (April 2021).
Our own Taylor Park is a great starting point. We have big plans for this local community park and are working with community leaders to make Taylor Park more exciting for visitors, plants and pollinators. Come and visit the park during the pandemic (wear your mask) and enjoy the plants and paths.
Frederic Law Olmsted - American Landscape Architect His significant achievements included New York Central Park (grounds), the Biltmore Estate gardens in North Carolina, the grounds and terraces of the U.S. Capitol and so much more. As we get ready to celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth in 2022, we'll be sharing more of his life and accomplishments here. (Photo credit - National Association for Olmstead Parks, www.olmsted.org)
Biltmore garden, a beneficiary of Olmsted's influence. Photo credit to Pixabay
Did you know? Dolley Madison Garden Club took the steps to have Taylor Park accessioned into the Smithsonian's American Archives of Gardens in March, 2019. The Archives of American Gardens (AAG) collects, preserves and provides access to visual resources and records that document the history of gardens in America so that America's garden heritage can be understood, appreciated and enjoyed today and in the future. Click here to see the virtual archives for Taylor Park: Taylor Park
Glass lantern slides featuring properties in the Dolley Madison Garden Club area photographed between 1919-1949 are credited to the Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Garden Club of America collection. More information: sova.si.edu/record/AAG.GCA.