A Genius for Place

A Genius for Place:
American Landscapes of the Country Place Era

Robin Karson

Published by University of Massachusetts Press in association with LALH

ISBN (paper): 978-1-62534-048-1
Paperback $29.95
Cloth $39.95

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Winner, 2009 J. B. Jackson Book Prize from the Foundation for Landscape Studies

“The most important book on American gardens for at least a decade, this giant tome spans the first 40 years of the 20th century. . . . Superlative black-and-white photographs by Carol Betsch, taken in the 1990s, already have a classic look about them.”
—London Telegraph

“Altogether, text, visuals, and format work to produce a significant and beautiful book. . . . Landscape his-torians will devour what’s here; others should find inspiration in planting schemes, design details, scale relationships, and photography. This is a feast to be savored and digested slowly, over time.”
—Landscape Architecture

“The great American country estates of 1900–1930 continue to be paragons of the art of garden design.Robin Karson’s splendid new book discusses the important landscape architects of this period, and analyzes their important achievements.”
—Witold Rybczynski, author of A Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the Nineteenth Century

In this beautifully illustrated survey, landscape historian Robin Karson traces the development of a distinctly American style of landscape design through an analysis of seven country places created by some of the nation’s most talented landscape practitioners.

ROBIN KARSON is a landscape historian and the founder and director of the Library of American Landscape History. She has written several books about American landscape architecture, including  A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era (University of Massachusetts Press in association with LALH, 2007), Fletcher Steele, Landscape Architect (Sagapress,1989; University of Massachusetts Press in association with LALH, 2005), The Muses of Gwinn (Sagapress, 1985), and the new introduction of the LALH revised edition of Fletcher Steele’s Design in the Little Garden (LALH, 2011). She also is the coeditor of Pioneers of American Landscape Design (McGraw-Hill, 2000).  Karson’s books have received two Honor Awards from the ASLA, an American Horticultural Society Book Award, and a J. B. Jackson Award from the Foundation for Landscape Studies.