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Georges Farhat ed., Landscapes of Preindustrial Urbanism (Washington D.C.:  Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Trustees for Harvard University, 2020).

Stephen H. Whiteman, Where Dragon Veins Meet: The Kangxi Emperor and His Estate at Rehe (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2020).

Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto, editor, The Culture of Cultivation: Recovering the Roots of Landscape Architecture (Routledge, 2020).

Mary G. Padua, Hybrid Modernity: The Public Park in late 20th century China (Routledge, 2020).

Marc Treib, Thinking a Modern Landscape Architecture, West & East: Christopher Tunnard, Sutemi Horiguchi (Novato CA: ORO Editions, 2020).



The New York Botanical Garden Humanities Institute announces an upcoming symposium:

First Nations: Ethical Landscapes, Sacred Plants
Nov. 13, 11:00 am-12:30 pm (EST)
Convened by the NYBG Humanities Institute in partnership with Yale University and the Mellon Foundation, this Symposium will offer a vital discussion among five Native American experts relating to Indigenous lands, landscape and environment.

Details not yet online – soon to be posted here


Online Winter Lecture Series 2020/21
12 lectures from 5 October 2020 to 22 March 2021, organized jointly by The Gardens Trust and The London Gardens Trust

5 October 2020: Hyde Park: A History of Trees – Greg Packman, Senior Tree Inspector, London Borough of Islington and former Tree Officer, Royal Parks

19 October: George London and the Brompton Park Nursery – Dr Sally Jeffery, garden & architectural historian

2 November: The Use of Plants in the Home in the Seventeenth Century -Margaret Willes, former publisher and author

16 November: ‘To promote his Majesties purpose’: Joseph Banks and his Global Botanical Projects, 1770-1820 – Professor Jordan Goodman, University College, London

30 November: Pulhamite in London, 1820-2020 – How one man’s rocky creation became the fashionable garden feature of the Victorian and Edwardian era – Valerie Christman, The Pulham Legacy

14 December: Wentworth Castle and Wentworth Woodhouse: Georgian rivals – Dr Patrick Eyres, Editor, New Arcadian Journal

11 January 2021: Biodiversity & the Wild West End Project: Encouraging Birds, Bees & Bats into the Heart of London – Tom Gray, Senior Ecological Consultant, Arup

25 January: The Integration of Derek Jarman’s Garden – Professor Michael Charlesworth, University of Texas

8 February: Too Young to be Loved? Post-war designed landscapes of London and environs– Karen Fitzsimon CMLI, landscape architect and garden historian

22 February: Transatlantic slavery’s long reach: The impacts of direct and indirect slavery connections on eighteenth century estate gardens and parks – Professor Susanne Seymour, University of Nottingham

8 March: Dinosaurs, Italian Terraces and Future Sustainability: Crystal Palace Park – Kathryn Whitmore, Associate Landscape Architect, AECOM and others

22 March: What is Wild? – Dr Kim Wilkie, Landscape Architect

All lectures will be recorded and all ticket holders will be sent a link to the recording the day after the lecture. The recording will be available for one week.

All lectures and booking online. Tickets: £4 for Gardens Trust/all County Gardens Trusts members, £6 for non-members; season tickets £40/£60 via The Gardens Trust. Details at:




The Bloedel Reserve Creative Residency, 2021
The mission of the Creative Residency program at Bloedel Reserve is to foster creative thinking that is inspired by nature and that explores the connection between humans and the environment. The Creative Residency program provides artists and innovative thinkers with a three-week stay in a well-appointed home on the Bloedel grounds, with unlimited access to the Reserve’s 150 acres of sculpted gardens, forests, and wildlife habitats. Established in 2015, the program has welcomed 32 Creative Residents from a wide variety of disciplines, giving them the time to nurture their passions and deepen the connection between creativity, nature, and humanity.

Residency Requirements:
    • Your project, artwork, or research must relate to nature in some specific way.
    • Special consideration will be given to projects that investigate the relationship between people and natural world.
    • Once selected, each Creative Resident must offer a public presentation, workshop, lecture, demonstration, viewing, or concert as part of their Residency.

Apply online through October 1, 2020 for the calendar year 2021.


Dumbarton Oaks Fellowships and Grants in the Humanities, 2021-2022
Fellowships are awarded to Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian scholars on the basis of demonstrated scholarly ability and preparation of the candidate, including knowledge of the requisite languages, interest and value of the study or project, and the project’s relevance to the resources of Dumbarton Oaks. We place great value on the collegial engagement of fellows with one another and with the staff.

Applications and instructions are available online.

Fellowships are awarded to scholars who hold a PhD or appropriate final degree at the time of application, or who have established themselves in their field, and wish to pursue their own research.  Application deadline: November 1

Junior Fellowships are awarded to degree candidates who at the time of application have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for a PhD or appropriate final degree, and plan to work on a dissertation or final project while at Dumbarton Oaks, under the direction of a faculty member from their own university.  Application deadline: November 1

Mellon Fellowships in Urban Landscape Studies are for cross-disciplinary scholars in urban landscape studies (PhD or MLA preference), and History Teaching Fellowships are for current faculty members in universities/other secondary educational institutions.  Application deadline: December 1

Project Grants support scholarly projects by applicants holding a PhD or the equivalent. Support is generally for archaeological research, preservation of historic gardens, and the recovery, recording, and analysis of materials that would otherwise be lost.  Application deadline: November 1