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The Olmsted Legacy

Seattle enjoys a rich legacy of Olmsted landscapes and roads, including the Washington Park Arboretum. The featured narrators provide national, regional, and local perspectives on the Olmsted influence.

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  1. Grant Jones, principal landscape architect of the Jones & Jones Architecture firm, talks about Frederick Law Olmsted's vision and his impact on American cities, roads, and on our national identity.
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  2. Seattle Parks employee Donald Harris talks about the influence of the Olmsted landscape design firm on the evolution of Seattle's city parks.
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  3. Former Arboretum Director John Wott talks about details of the Olmsted (Dawson) plan for the Arboretum and some of the difficulties encountered by those trying to interpret it.
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