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Stewardship Stories

Personal stewardship stories highlight individuals whose work, passion, or advocacy has made a positive impact on our rich legacy of cultural landscapes. These brief introductions to a diverse range of people, places, and experiences suggest how many stewards are involved in preserving that legacy, and how one person can make a difference.

It Takes One

  • Charleston, SC
    Jun 22, 2015
    This Charleston resident led the transformation of a run-down public space in the heart of his historic city.
  • New York, NY
    Oct 27, 2014
    Landslide 2014 was unveiled at this NY-based artist's studio – read about the influence of landscape on her life and work.
  • Taos, NM
    Oct 3, 2014
    This Taos, New Mexico-based landscape architect says: "Every effort should be made to preserve and maintain the landscapes we inherit."
  • Ithaca, NY
    Aug 12, 2014
    Thanks to Hilchey, the humble Concord Grape now has a Heritage Area, and he wants to create them across the U.S. for other crops.
  • Chicago, IL
    Apr 24, 2014
    Jens Jensen's conservation ethic and Prairie-style landscape architecture are featured in the work of this Chicago-based filmmaker.
  • Port Townsend, WA
    Mar 18, 2014
    The core of this artist's fascinating work: "I’m interested in the place where human culture and our natural environment connect."
  • Columbus, IN
    Jan 16, 2014
    Landscape architect and Columbus native Art Hopkins discusses stewardship of a hometown icon.
  • Los Angeles, CA
    Nov 20, 2013
    Edward and Hannah Carter's grandson discusses why he's working to save LA's landmark Japanese garden.
  • The Hamptons, NY
    Nov 1, 2013
    The notable Hamptons-based landscape designer has shifted her focus to eliminating the use of toxins in lawns and landscapes with a new non-profit, Perfect Earth.
  • Portland, OR
    Dec 12, 2012
    This Oregon based developer has worked to restore and improve landscape architect Lawrence Halprin's Portland area parks and open spaces.
  • Apr 27, 2012
    Read about this fine art photographer whose series of landscapes, Empire Falling, explores rock quarries throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.
  • Susanville, CA
    Dec 9, 2011
    Read about this committed planner and activist working to conserve natural resources and enhance quality of life in rural Northeastern California. 
  • Hamilton, Ohio
    Dec 5, 2011
    Read about the founder of Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, a 265-acre outdoor museum set among wooded forests and designed gardens.
  • Northern California
    Sep 23, 2011
    A landscape architect and filmmaker, Muren focuses on the ecology and poetry of placemaking in the documentary, Dream of The Sea Ranch.
  • New York, New York
    Mar 3, 2011
    See how two NYC-based landscape architects are teaching people to value and see the city's design legacy through a forthcoming publication.
  • Southern Pines, NC
    Dec 6, 2010
    I am a lifelong resident of Southern Pines, North Carolina, a resort town best known for world class golf courses and beautiful horse country.
  • Castlewood, Virginia
    Feb 11, 2010
    Born in New York City, and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, I first became interested in farming through my dad’s modest organic garden.
  • Austin, Texas
    Dec 15, 2009
    I was raised in the suburbs of Chicago during the 1970s and 1980s, the place represented in John Hughes' comedies Sixteen Candles and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
  • Shelter Island, New York
    Oct 1, 2009
    I saw what the Manor and its 243 acres might become, either chopped up, developed and sold off or restored as a living reminder of where we’ve been and where we’re going.
  • Chicago, Illinois
    Aug 14, 2009
    Throughout my career I have been committed to preserving historic landscapes. When I worked in Highland Park, and found out about the discovery of the archives in Chicago, I was fascinated and intrigued.