Board of Directors

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LALH publishes books about American landscapes such as parks, gardens, cemeteries, and planned communities.

  • Our books advance our knowledge about these places and inspire today’s landscape architects.
  • Our books have garnered national attention that has helped save historic sites such as … (see below).
  • We also create traveling exhibitions and produce documentaries that relate to our books.
  • We were founded in 1992 and have published twenty-five books. Forthcoming titles include a new series on parks, environmental design, and modern landscape design.
  • We are supported by our members and foundation grants.
  • One of our member benefits is a subscription to VIEW, which is both informative and beautifully designed.  I’d be happy to send you a copy.
  • You can find more information the organization and its projects on our website: and please check out our Facebook page.
  • I joined the board because …

Cases for support:

The LALH edition of New Towns for Old, by John Nolen, has helped the small town of Venice, Florida, manage the threat of large scale development.

A Genius for Place has guided preservation efforts at many important American landscapes, including Dumbarton Oaks Park.

Mission 66 provides a framework for the National Park Service to discuss the dilemma of national parks that are in danger of “being loved to death.”

Fletcher Steele provided support for the National Landmark nomination of Camden Public Library Amphitheatre, in Camden, Maine.

A World of her Own Making encouraged Reynolda Museum of Art to build their new wing where it would not disturb the historic landscape.

The Warren Manning project has raised awareness of Manning’s work in parks and private estates. Local volunteers a Hopedale’s town park used information to stop logging there.

Silent City on a Hill has guided the Trustees of Mount Auburn Cemetery in new developments that respect the historic landscape.

Fletcher Steele, Landscape Architect is providing a basis for restoration decisions at Naumkeag, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  

Local residents of Hannibal, Missouri, used information from our reprint of Landscape-Gardening by O. C. Simonds to prevent a large water tower from being built on the site.

Local residents of Forest Hills Gardens have used A Modern Arcadia to set design guidelines in the commuter suburb. 

Many readers learn that community properties have distinguished origins through LALH books. On receiving The Gardens of Ellen Biddle Shipman, for example, Carolyn Lindsay discovered the Cummer family name in the project list. An active member of the Cummer Museum of Art (Jacksonville), Lindsay successfully led a campaign to restore the original design.