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Pioneers of American Landscape Design® chronicles the lives and careers of those who have designed our gardens, parks, streets, campuses, cemeteries, suburbs, and the innumerable other environments in which we live. This dynamic initiative utilizes multiple formats—including biographical profiles, oral histories, tours, and print publications—to educate, inspire, and promote the active sharing of information.

Pioneer Profiles »

A multi-talented artist, Kawana was a garden designer, architect, writer, poet, and painter who displayed a deep sensitivity toward traditional Japanese design principles and aesthetics.

Godshalk began work at the Morton Arboretum outside Chicago in 1921, and served as its director from 1934 to 1966.

Oral Histories »

  • The noted landscape architect shares his life, career, and design philosophy in the twelfth installment of the award-winning Pioneers of American Landscape Design oral history series.

  • The oral history of this acclaimed and influential Seattle-based landscape architect covers a career that spanned more than fifty years.

Recent Stewards »

The work of this photographer and writer artfully illuminates the connections between nature and human culture.

This Charleston resident led the transformation of a run-down public space in the heart of his historic city.

Recent Pioneer Biographies »