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Historic Landscape Preservation
The 2001 Historic Preservation Office Conference



Conference Highlights

Over 170 interested participants spent a beautiful spring day at the 2001 Historic Preservation Office Annual Conference, held this year in Shadow Lawn Mansion on the grounds of Monmouth University in West Long Branch. This years theme, Open Spaces, Historic Places provided a day-long exploration of the issues and opportunities surrounding historic landscape preservation.

Our keynote speaker Rick Darke, landscape and garden consultant and author of In Harmony With Nature: Lessons Learned From the Arts & Crafts Garden, set the tone with an engaging and inspiring presentation. Slides of his stunning photography accented his descriptions of the North Jersey landscape of his youth, his studies of the Arts-and-Crafts landscape, and the need for immediate attention to endangered landscapes such as the gardens and grounds of Suningive in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, home of noted horticulturist Elizabeth White.

Immediately following the keynote address, Robert Page, Director of the National Park Service’s Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation, provided an overview and introduction to the variety of designed and cultural landscapes and the characteristics by which they are defined. Breakout sessions ranging from landscape architects, gardens and parks, to battlefields, cultural landscapes and resources for landscape preservation filled the rest of the day.

Attendees enjoyed lunch outdoors in the ornate formal grounds of Shadow Lawn, and were able to take a guided tour of the National Historic Landmark mansion, home of former
F. W. Woolworth Co. president Hubert Templeton Parson. Attendees and speakers were able to unwind and enjoy informal conversation at a post conference reception in the Versailles room after a very full day.




Rick Darke signs copies of his book In Harmony With Nature: Lessons Learned From the Arts & Crafts Garden


Conference attendees enjoy a guided tour of Wilson Hall.


Preservation New Jersey's book sales table draws a crowd.

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