Please see What Are Cultural Landscapes for additional information.
What’s Out There® (WOT) is TCLF’s online, interactive, digital database that catalogs the vast range of historic designed landscapes in America. WOT is raising public awareness of the breadth, diversity, and inter-connectedness of our historic designed landscape heritage. This richly illustrated database is searchable by property name, designer, location, style, and landscape type. It is a useful resource for designers, historians, educators, preservationists, and even tourists.
The project relies on submissions from the public. What distinguishes it is the quality of the entries: each follows a concise set of guidelines and will be vetted carefully by TCLF.
Please Note: To be considered for inclusion, the site must have been designed and built prior to 1976, or be listed on the National Register of Historic Places or National Historic Landmarks, or be completed by someone whose career is complete.
For each entry a Site Profile Form must be completed. Please use the form below, or fill out the Microsoft Word version: Download Form
- Descriptions must be concise, 200 words maximum.
- Include the dates of design, implementation, significant alterations and additions.
- Place the landscape within its geographic and historical context.
- Give the name of the patron, if applicable.
- Include information about designer(s)/design team/firm.
- Give the acreage of the site, if available.
- Include descriptions of the various components of the landscape.
- If this is an iconic work or especially important in the designer’s oeuvre, describe this succinctly. Is the work of particular regional or national significance?
- If the work is designated on the National Register of Historic Places or as a National Historic Landmark, cite the date of inclusion.
- Please do not repeat information such as city and state that is in the entry heading.
- In general, try to avoid superlatives - "gorgeous", "striking", etc.
Please tell us about an important designed landscape in your community