Frederick Law Olmstead’s most popular landscape design is Central Park in New York City, but he also left his green-thumbprint in Denver. In the Mile High City’s 7th Avenue Parkway Historic District, a stately brick mansion includes a pergola designed by Olmstead. Made of white-painted wood, Olmstead’s pergola graces the backyard of the home.
I learned about Olmstead’s pergola in Denver years ago while on assignment for Sunset magazine.
Olmstead, an early environmentalist, also was a journalist, an abolitionist as revealed in the subtitle of Justin Martin’s recently published biography “Genius of Place”, reviewed at the link.
Denver is home to countless secret gardens and secrets within gardens, such as this landmark landscape feature.
••• “Cultivate your corner of the world. You grow your garden; your garden grows you.” •••
Friday Jones Publishing will release Colleen Smith’s playful new book “Laid-Back Skier” for fall 2011.
Colleen Smith’s first novel, “Glass Halo”— a finalist for the 2010 Santa Fe Literary Prize — is available in hardcover or e—book.
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