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Landslide 2012 Focuses on Landscape and Patronage

Landslide, the Cultural Landscape Foundation’s annual thematic compendium of threatened and at-risk landscapes, focuses on landscape and patronage and honors visionary patrons and organizations and the sites that they helped create. The goal is to highlight their accomplishments and inspire new generations of patrons and philanthropists.

This year’s Landslide includes Pennsylvania Avenue (Washington, D.C.), Jones Beach (New York), the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden (Los Angeles), and the Nasher Sculpture Garden (Dallas). Complete details about each of the 12 Landslide 2012 sites are available on the Landslide website.

A majority of the 2012 sites face the most preventable yet pernicious threat—lack of maintenance—while some could be partially or wholly eradicated. Landslide is made possible by its Presenting Sponsor, The Davey Tree Expert Company; Education Partner, the American Society of Landscape Architects; and its Media Partner, Landscape Architecture Magazine.

American history is replete with visionary, inspired, and willful patrons who supported and shaped beloved and nationally significant estates, parks, plazas, and other civic amenities across the country. Without these committed people and organizations, many landscapes we prize would not have come into existence or survive today.

Landslide, first issued in 2003, has highlighted more than 150 significant at-risk parks, gardens, horticultural features, and working landscapes—collectively, places that embody our shared landscape heritage. The Landslide 2012 list was unveiled at an event on the eve of a conference about stewardship of the Central Park woodlands, organized in conjunction with the Central Park Conservancy (CPC). At the event, CPC Trustee Judith Carson was honored for her patronage of the Central Park woodlands.

The 12 Landslide 2012 sites and patrons (in alphabetical order by site name) are:

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Burlington, Vermont
Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington

Fern Dell, Griffith Park, Los Angeles
Colonel Griffith J. Griffith

Garland Farm, Mount Desert, Maine
Beatrix Farrand

Hannah Carter Japanese Garden, Los Angeles
Edward W. Carter

Innisfree Garden, Millbrook, New York 
Walter and Marion Beck

Isham Park, New York City
Julia Isham Taylor

Jack London Lake, Jack London State Historic Park, Glen Ellen, California
Jack London

Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh, NewYork
Robert Moses

Nasher Sculpture Garden, Dallas
Raymond and Patsy Nasher

Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.
Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation

Riverbank Park, Flint, MI
Army Corps of Engineers

Thieme Drive, Fort Wayne, IN
Theodore F. Thieme

“Each year Landslide highlights different aspects of our landscape legacy to make that living heritage visible,” says Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, TCLF founder and president. “In 2012 we focus on patrons and the places they helped create. In the capital and around the country, patronage is intrinsic to the creation and stewardship of great designed landscapes.”

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