California Landscape Architecture & Gardens
California Landscape Architecture & Gardens is a selective bibliographic research guide to UC Berkeley library and web resources on the history of California landscape architecture. This guide supports several UC Berkeley Landscape Architecture Department courses, including History of Landscape Architecture, The American Landscape, and Fundamentals of Landscape Design. While the entire state is represented, the emphasis is on northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area. For additional assistance please consult the Library's catalogs or the Environmental Design Library reference staff, 210 Wurster Hall.
UC Berkeley faculty, registered students, and staff who are off campus may use items marked UCB Only or UC Only by using the Library's off-campus access services.
Content reviewed: June 2010. Compiled by Deborah Sommer.
Included here are encyclopedias and guidebooks. Use these tools to get a quick overview of your site or landscape architect. Note that books on "gardens" often include information about other landscape types, such as parks.
Botanique: gardens, arboreta & nature sites--California - Each listing includes location information.
California public gardens: a visitor's guide, by Eric Sigg. Santa Fe, NM:
John Muir Publications, 1991.
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The Development of
landscape architecture in California, by Geraldine Knight Scott. IN: Short course in landscape design,
4th short course. Berkeley: Univ. of Calif., 1959, 2 pp. Outline of significant events in
California landscape architecture history.
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Encyclopedia of gardens: history and design, Chicago Botanic Garden. Candice A. Shoemaker, ed. 3 volumes. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001. Excellent
source for landscape design history. Substantive signed articles are illustrated and each includes a brief bibliography. Chronologies of
of selected projects are given for landscape designers.
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The Garden lover's guide to the West, by Kathleen McCormick. NY: Princeton Architectural Pr., 2000.
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Gardenwalks in California: beautiful gardens from San Diego to Mendocino, by Alice Joyce. Guilford, CT: Insiders' Guide, 2005.
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Glorious gardens to visit in Northern California: 65 gardens
within 3 hours of San Francisco--from Mendocino to Carmel, by Priscilla
Dunhill. NY: Clarkson Potter, 1993.
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San Francisco architecture: the illustrated guide to over 1,000
of the best buildings, parks, and public artworks in the Bay Area, by
Sally B. Woodbridge and John M. Woodbridge. SF: Chronicle Books, 1992. Includes
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- Wikipedia - Web-based, collaboratively-authored encyclopedia. Useful for confirming a research starting point. USER BEWARE: Content is non-authoritative, and in some instances has been demonstrated to be deliberately false.
To find websites for a specific site or individual:
- Do a 'phrase search' using a Web search engine such
or Yahoo!, e.g.,"golden gate park," "hargreaves associates," or "beatrix farrand".
- Visit the gateway sites listed in the guide Landscape Architecture Online http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/ENVI/landscape_online.html.
- Note the web links throughout this guide.
The Invisible Web What is it? Click and find out!
Here is a selection of catalog subject headings that may be useful in finding books on California landscape architecture and gardens through the Library's catalogs. These terms can all be modified by place name, e.g., Landscape architecture--California--San Francisco Bay Area Guidebooks to cities may have sections on parks and public gardens, so check subject headings such as Berkeley, Calif.--Description and travel or Architecture--San Diego--Guidebooks.
[name of site]
Hillside landscape architecture
Landscape architects--[place name]
Urban landscape architecture
Water in landscape architecture
Bibliographies may also be found in books and journal articles, at the ends of encyclopedia entries, and on the Web.
The American published articles and books by the California School
of Landscape Architects: Douglas Baylis, Thomas Dolliver Church,
Lawrence Halprin, Theodore Osmundson, Robert N. Royston, John H. Staley, Ed A. Williams, by Suzan La
Brecque and Rene Torres. [Pomona: Calif. State Polytechnic Univ., Pomona, Dept. of Landscape Architecture, 1992]
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Bibliographic research guides:
Use these guides to find additional research strategies and resources.
Finding information on buildings
and places (UC Berkeley, Library) Focuses on how to research buildings and places with an emphasis on
the San Francisco Bay Area and California.
History and Literature of Landscape Architecture (UC Berkeley, Library)
A bibliographic guide to UC Berkeley library and Internet resources for
research in the history of landscape architecture.
architecture professional practice (UC Berkeley, Library) A bibliographic research guide, including
information on professional practice in California.
Francisco Bay Area architects & architecture: resources
(UC Berkeley, Library) An extensive bibliographic guide to UC Berkeley library
and Internet resources for the architecture (and landscape architecture) of the San Francisco
Landscape architecture of the Pacific states in "Landscape architecture" magazine,
1910-1979, by Bruce K. Ferguson. Monticello, IL: Vance Bibliographies, 1980.
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The Major public gardens and arboreta in the Los Angeles basin:
an annotated bibliography, by Patricia Sarah Murphy and Steven Todd
Courts. [CA: P. Murphy, 1986?]
EnvDesign SB466 U65 L668 1986a Reference
magazine: a century of Western living 1898-1998, historical portraits and
- Print ed.: EnvDesign Z1251 P2 S85 1998 Reference
Use journal and newspaper indexes and databases to discover articles on your topic. Some online databases include the full text of the articles you discover or the icon which may lead you to the full text elsewhere. In many cases, however, you will need to locate the print journal in the Library's collections; search the Library's catalogs by the journal title in order to find the shelving location and call number for the journal.
Use journal article indexes and databases to locate articles on your topic; additional indexes
are listed in Landscape Architecture
Indexes & Abstracts. For UC Only or UCB Only titles, go to The Library's home page→ Find Information→ Articles.
and life via EBSCO - UC Only Contains article abstracts and bibliographical citations of reviews & dissertations on the history
and culture of the U.S. and Canada.
Online ed.: 1982--
- Print ed.: 1954-- , Main Stack E3 A43
- American periodicals series via
UCB Only Includes digitized images of the pages of
American magazines and journals published between 1741 and 1900. Among the 1,000+ titles
included are several popular magazines still in publication, such as Vanity Fair, Harper's, and
Ladies' Home Journal. Includes the Horticultural register and Horticulturist
and journal of rural art and rural taste.
- Art index retrospective
& Art full text via WilsonWeb
- UC Only Indexes journal articles in art and related fields, including architecture,
art history, city planning, urban design, and landscape architecture.
Online ed.: Art Index Retrospective:
1929-1984; Art Full Text: 1984--
- Print ed.: 1929-1994, EnvDesign N18 A72 Index
Avery index to architectural periodicals via CSA -
UC Only | Video Tutorial
articles in 1,000+ periodicals in architecture, planning, urban design,
& related disciplines.
Online ed.: 1890--
- Print ed.: 1890-1995, EnvDesign fNA8 C64 1973 Index
Allows you to discover in which
journal articles and books a particular article or book is cited. REMEMBER
Scholar includes only scholarly publications; does NOT include journals published by Elsevier; and makes no claims to comprehensive
JSTOR - UCB Only
A full-text archive of
interdisciplinary scholarly journal literature, including architecture and architectural
history, art and art history, and history. Excellent resource.
Coverage: Varies, starting with the first date of
Periodicals Index Online
(formerly Periodicals Contents Index) - UC Only An electronic index to the contents of thousands of periodicals
in the humanities and social sciences, from their first issues (1770) to
1993. Includes some full-text
access. The scope is international, including journals in several Western languages. Titles indexed
include Landscape Architecture and Landscape History.
Readers' guide to periodical literature. [cumulated] NY [etc. ] Indexes popular American magazines.
Readers Guide Retrospective 1890-1982 -
- Print ed.: 1900-- , Doe Refe AJ3 R4; Moffitt AI3 R4 Index
The following journals share a focus on California, with an emphasis on history, gardening, or the built environment. Index coverage is indicated when known.
Architect and engineer, San Francisco [etc. ] Continued
by: Western architect and engineer
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Indexed: Index v.1-95 in Index section. Architect & Engineer Index PDF
Arts & architecture, Los Angeles [etc. ]
California arts & architecture
EnvDesign NA1 C3 Bound periodicals, 1912-1967 (lacks some issues)
- Indexed: Art retrospective, v.37, June 1930-
California garden. San Diego: San Diego Floral Association.
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California history, San Francisco: California Historical
Society. Continues: California historical quarterly.
Main F856 C28 Unbound issues in Periodical Room
- Indexed: Online
Eden: California Garden and Landscape History Society
journal. Sebastopol, CA: Marlea Graham.
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- Not indexed
Golden gardens. Los Angeles, CA: California Garden
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periodicals; Bioscience 1932--
Landmark. [Berkeley: Dept. of Landscape Architecture, Univ. of
California] 1965-1975; some years lacking. Continues: Space (Berkeley, Calif. )
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- Not indexed
The Mediterranean garden. Peania, Greece:
Mediterranean Garden Society. Includes occasional California landscape
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Indexed: Annual indexes, 1997/98--
Pacific horticulture. San Francisco: Pacific
Horticultural Foundation. Continues: Journal of the California
Horticultural Society, California Horticultural Society journal,
and California horticultural journal.
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- Indexed: Cumulative index, 37(1976)-56(1995);
Garden Literature Index, 1992-; California
Periodicals Index, 1980-1992 (Main Stack F856 A12 C2)
Space. [Berkeley: Landscape Design Club] 1948-1960. Continued by: Landmark (Berkeley, Calif.)
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Sunset magazine, San Francisco [etc. ]
Online ed.: July 1991--
- Print ed.: 1936-- ; EnvDesign F851 S9; 1898--; Banc F850 S95; 1904--;
Main F851 S9 Current issues in Periodical Room
Indexed: California Periodicals Index, 1987-1992;
Research Library - UCB Only, Central West ed.
1955-1982 & National ed., 1906, 1910-1930, 1953-1955;
Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature, Aug. 1994-- ; Sunset magazine: a century of western living, 1898-1998: historical portraits
and a chronological bibliography (EnvDesign Z1251 P2 S85 1998 Reference)
For UC Only or UCB Only titles and for additional full-text newspapers on the Web, go to The Library's home page→ Find Information→ Articles.
Access world news via
UCB Only Full-text database of articles from
national, and international newspapers and newswires, including many California papers such
as Contra Costa Times (1995-current), Fresno Bee (1986-current),
Santa Rosa Press Democrat (1994-current), Sacramento Bee (1984-current),
San Francisco Chronicle (1985-current), and San Jose Mercury News (1985-current).
academic - UCB Only Includes
indexing to and full text of over 6,000 newspapers, news media, and journals.
This section lists sources for different types of images, including photographs, plans, drawings, and plat maps. For a more complete list of visual resources see Image and Sound Databases. In addition to the books and other
sources already listed, landscape images and plans may be found in specialized books
and on the Web. The archives listed in this guide are also
potentially great sources for images.
Image sources for
the built environment (UC Berkeley, Library)
A selected annotated bibliography of Web sites, databases, books, and other sources of views, plans, maps,
plat maps, elevations, etc., of important buildings and sites.
Archives of American gardens,
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Contains thousands
of photographic images, searchable through the Smithsonian's
and manuscripts catalog.
heritage project. A digital archive containing photographs,
pictures, and manuscripts from the collections of the Bancroft Library. Includes many historical images of SF Bay Area places.
Forest History Society photograph collection A "collection of over 25,000 photos, slides, negatives,
plates, and films documenting the history of human interaction with the environment. . .Most images are in
black-and-white print format, date from the 1920s to the 1960s, and pertain to the
U.S. " Indexed by the
Forest History Society Image Database.
Gabriel Moulin's San Francisco Peninsula: town & country homes,
1910-1930, Dr. Donald DeNevi & Thomas Moulin,
Sausalito, CA: Windgate Pr.,  Includes many San Francisco Peninsula estate
photos from 1872-1945.
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San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection
Francisco Public Library) Copies of the images may be ordered;
many are available for use with proper permission. These images are only
a portion of the total holdings of the San Francisco Public Library.
Primary Research Materials
Archives, historical societies, and local libraries can be excellent sources of primary research materials in landscape architecture. To locate materials in libraries not listed in the Melvyl catalog, use WorldCat - UC Only. Some of these materials will be available via the
Interlibrary Borrowing Service.
UCB Only Provides indexing to the records of the National Union Catalogue of Manuscript
Collections and the National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the United
- The Bancroft Library
(UC Berkeley) The Bancroft Library is the primary special collections library at
UC Berkeley, and contains archival collections on California architects and landscape architects,
including Knight, Scott, and the California Association of Landscape Architects.
Design Archives (UC Berkeley, College of Environmental Design) Includes archives of San Francisco Bay Area architects and landscape architects,
among others, including
deForest III, Eckbo,
Thiene. The EDA's collections contain drawings, plans, photographs, and much more. Finding aids to the collections are available through
Berkeley Finding Aids from The Library's home page. Open by appointment only; noncirculating collection.
- Municipal archives: Municipal archives can be a fabulous source of primary research material. Many cities, counties, etc., maintain archives of historical municipal records, ranging
from meeting and office records to maps, vital records, photographs, plans, parks and recreation planning, and much more. These archives are
managed in diverse ways: as a separate department, as a function within an individual department, as part of the
public library, etc. Search H-Urban http://www.h-net.org/~urban/ discussion logs for "municipal archives" for
a sampling of the type and quality of municipal archives available.
archive of California. A UC-wide prototype union database
of 30,000 pages of searchable online archival finding aid data, which provide
detailed descriptions of archival collections in California. Many
finding aids include biographical information & images.
- UC Berkeley Libraries
- Architecture Visual Resources Libary, 232 Wurster Hall
- Collection of 35mm slides & more. Emphasis on architecture, but also includes landscape &
urban history. Open to UC Berkeley faculty & graduate students.
- The Bancroft Library - Significant Western Americana collection. Rare books & archives. Noncirculating only. No photocopying allowed.
- Bioscience & Natural Resources Library, 2101 Valley Life Sciences Building -
Collection includes California horticultural information.
- Earth Sciences & Map Library, 50 McCone Hall - The best campus source for maps & aerial photos.
Design Library, 210 Wurster Hall -
One of the premier architecture, landscape architecture,
and city and regional planning libraries in North America. Strong
emphasis on California.
Here is a selection of California landscape, horticultural,
or gardening libraries. See also Libweb for a list of California public, academic, and special libraries.
- Filoli: Library,
Canada Road, Woodside,
on the gardens of the San Francisco Bay Area. Includes landscape
records of estate gardens on the Peninsula. By appt. only.
- Helen Russell Crocker Library of Horticulture, Strybing Arboretum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, (415) 661-1316 ext. 303 - The major horticultural library in the San Francisco Bay Area. Open to the public.
- Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Research Library, 1500 North College Avenue, Claremont, (909) 625-8767
- Santa Barbara Botanic Garden--Blaksley Library, 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, (805) 682-4726 ext.107 - Focusses on the flora of California and other Mediterranean regions of the world, southern California garden history, etc. By appt. only.
- UC Santa Cruz Arboretum: Lane Library, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, (408) 427-2998 - Good source of information about the kinds of plants in the Arboretum's collection. Noncirculating
California Landscape Architects
See also the bibliographic guide Biographical Information on Landscape Architects (UC Berkeley, Library) for a comprehensive listing of biographical resources. Archival collections are available for selected landscape architects; see the Archives section of this guide.
- American landscape architecture: designers and places, William H. Tishler, ed. Washington, DC: Preservation Pr., 1989.
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- The California garden: and the landscape architects who shaped it,
by Jere Stuart French. Washington, DC: The Landscape Architecture Foundation, 1993. Covers all periods of California gardens, from the Spanish colonial to the modern. Bibliography, pp.252-253.
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California women architects: a bibliography,
by Lamia Doumato. Monticello, IL: Vance Bibliographies, . Includes landscape architects.
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- Dictionary of today's landscape designers, Pierluigi
Nicolin, Francesco Repishti, eds. London: Thames & Hudson, 2003. For 86 international
contemporary landscape architects and designers, engineers, artists, and more, provides a biographical
note, a list of works and related bibliography, and color photographs of significant designs.
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Pioneers of American landscape design,
Charles A. Birnbaum, Robin Karson, eds. NY: McGraw-Hill, 2000. Contains excellent biographical essays about American landscape architects
and designers and their work, including Church, Council,
DeForest, Farrand, Knight, the
Olmsteds, Sessions, and Yoch. Each essay includes a brief
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Shaping the American landscape: new profiles from the pioneers of American landscape design project, Charles A. Birnbaum, Stephanie S. Foell, eds. Charlottesville: Univ. of Virginia Pr., 2009. Contains excellent biographical essays about 160 American landscape architects
and designers and their work. Each essay includes a brief bibliography. Illustrated.
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Individual Landscape Architects
Here's a selected list of materials on a few significant California landscape architects. More sources are described throughout this guide; do a Web page search (CTRL-F) on the landscape architect's name to find them.
Church, Thomas Dolliver, 1901-1978 |
Bibliography, Thomas Dolliver Church, by Pam-Anela Messenger
Monticello, IL: Vance Bibliographies, 1981
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Church's gardens: three San Francisco Bay landscapes reveal the repertoire of
Thomas Church, by Kathleen Mccormick. IN: Historic preservation, v.47:1
(Jan/Feb 1995), pp.74, 76-79. Features the Donnell gardens; Sunset Magazine headquarters; and, the Memorial Court
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The Donnell and Eckbo gardens: modern Californian masterworks, by
Marc Treib. San Francisco, CA: William Stout Publishers, 2005.
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Gardens are for people; how to plan for outdoor living, by Thomas Church. NY: Reinhold Pub. Corp.  One of the most influential books of twentieth century
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Thomas Church, landscape architect: designing a modern California
landscape, Marc Treib, ed. SF: William Stout, 2003.
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deForest III, Lockwood, 1869-1949 |
Genius of the place, by Cecile Shapiro. IN: House beautiful, v.140:7
(July 1998), pp.62, 64-65, 138. On deForest's garden designs, mostly near Santa
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Ten landscapes, by Topher Delaney. Gloucester, MA: Rockport Publishers,
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Eckbo, Garrett, 1910-2000 |
The Donnell and Eckbo gardens: modern Californian masterworks, by
Marc Treib. San Francisco, CA: William Stout Publishers, 2005.
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- Garrett Eckbo: a bibliography, by Mary Vance
Monticello, IL: Vance Bibliographies, 1980.
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- Garrett Eckbo: modern landscapes for living, by Marc Treib and
Dorothee Imbert; with an afterword by Garrett Eckbo. Berkeley: Univ. of Calif. Pr., 1997.
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- Garrett Eckbo: philosophy of landscape = Garetto Ekubo: rando
sukepu no shiso. IN: Process: architecture, no.90 (Aug. 1990). Entire issue on Eckbo.
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- Landscape architecture: the profession in California, 1935-1940, and Telesis,
by Garrett Eckbo. Berkeley: Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft
Library, Univ. of Calif., 1993. Oral history.
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- Landscape for living, by Garrett Eckbo. [NY]
Architectural Record with Duell, Sloan, & Pearce,  One of the most important works
of American twentieth century landscape architecture.
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Greene, Isabelle, 1934- | Slide collection
Isabelle Greene: shaping place in the landscape, by Kurt G.F. Helfrich; with contributions by Isabelle C. Greene. Santa Barbara: Univ. Art Museum, Univ. of Calif., 2005.
Table of contents.
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- Serendipity and symbolism: the gardens of Isabelle Greene, by Rachel S. Cox. IN: Garden design, v.11[i.e.,10]: 6 (Dec. 1991), pp.42-49. Includes site plans.
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Halprin, Lawrence, 1916- |
Lawrence Halprin, Ching-Yu Chang, ed. IN: Process: architecture, no.4 (Feb. 1978). Entire issue on Halprin.
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Lawrence Halprin [bibliography], by Lamia Doumato. Monticello, IL: Vance Bibliographies,
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Lawrence Halprin: the choreography of private gardens, by Alison Hirsch. IN: Studies in the history of gardens & designed landscapes, Vol. 27:4 (Oct. -Dec. 2007). Entire issue on
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Notebooks, 1959-1971, by Lawrence Halprin. Cambridge, MA: MIT Pr., 1972.
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Knight, Emerson, 1882-1960 |
- Emerson Knight: landscape architect 1882-1960, by Dean Luckhart. Paper for Landscape Architecture 2, Univ. of Calif., 1962.
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Olmsted, Frederick Law, 1822-1903 |
The California frontier, 1863-1865, by Frederick Law Olmsted. Victoria Post Ranney, ed. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Pr., 1977. IN: The Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted, v.5.
EnvDesign & Main SB470 O5 A21 1977 v.5
Frederick Law Olmsted in California: an analysis of his
contributions to landscape architecture and city planning, by Diane McGuire. 1956. (UC Berkeley Thesis (M.S. in Landscape Architecture))
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The Master list of design projects of the Olmsted firm: 1857-1950,
Charles E. Beveridge and Carolyn F. Hoffman, comps. Boston, MA: Massachusetts Assoc. for Olmsted Parks, 1987.
EnvDesign SB470.53 M371 1987 Noncirculating
Scott, Geraldine Knight, 1904-1989 |
Geraldine Knight Scott, 1904-1989, a woman in landscape
architecture in California, 1926-1989, by Geraldine Scott Knight. Berkeley: Regional Oral History
Office, The Bancroft Library, Univ. of Calif., 1990. Oral history.
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- How to look at a landscape, by Geraldine Knight Scott. IN:
Short course in landscape design, 4th short course. Berkeley: Univ. of Calif., 1961, pp.30-32. Lecture outline.
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Sessions, Kate (Katherine) Olivia, 1857-1940
The Complete writings of Kate Sessions in California
, [Kate Sessions]; Barbara
Schillreff Jones, ed . [San Diego, CA]: San Diego Floral Association,
1998. A bibliography of articles by Kate Sessions published in California
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Kate Olivia Sessions: plant scientist
, by Michele Lee Martinez. Thesis (M.A. History)- Univ. of San Diego 1998.
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Kate Sessions history notes (San Diego Historical Society, Richard Amero Collection)
Bibliography of journal
and newspaper articles by Sessions regarding the design of Balboa Park.
The Kate Sessions issue. San Diego Floral
Association. IN: California garden, v.44:3, autumn 1953.
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Kate Sessions: pioneer horticulturist, by Elizabeth
C. MacPhail. San Diego, CA: San Diego Historical Society, 1976.
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Note that some of Yoch's papers are in the UCLA Library.
Landscaping the American dream: the gardens and film sets
of Florence Yoch, 1890-1972, by James J. Yoch. NY: H.N. Abrams,
1989. Includes the collaborative work of Yoch and landscape architect
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Edens: the gardens and film sets of Florence Yoch.
Steele Scott Gallery, January 14 to June 1, 1992. San Marino, CA:
Huntington Library, [1992?]. Exhibition brochure.
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Individual Landscape Sites
(San Diego) | Designers: Kate Sessions & Samuel Parsons
Balboa Park: a millennium history, by Roger M. Showley. Carlsbad, CA: Heritage Media Corp., 1999.
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Balboa Park, San Diego, California: a comprehensive guide
to the city's cultural and recreational center, compiled and written
by the Southern California Writers' Project of the Work Project Administration. San Diego: Association of Balboa Park Institutions, 1941.
Main F869 S22 W7
San Diego's city park, 1868-1902
an early debate on environment and profit, by Gregory E. Montes, IN: The Journal of San Diego history,
v.23:2, spring 1977.
- Print ed.: Banc F869 S22 S2964 Noncirculating; may be used only in The Bancroft Library
- Berkeley Parks
Berkeley inside/out: a guide to restaurants, entertainment, people
and politics, by Don Pitcher, Berkeley: Heyday Books, 1989. Includes a chapter on city parks.
EnvDesign F869 B5 P58 1989 Reference Desk
Berkeley park use study: a working report to guide the
acquisition & development of new parklands, by Gary Mason,
Alex Forrester & Robin Hermann in consultation with Clare Cooper Marcus. [Berkeley?: s.n. ], 1975.
- EnvDesign fHT168 B45 1975
- Berkeley parks and recreation,
IN: Berkeley facts. Berkeley: Planning Dept., 1981, pp.24-29. Includes a list of
47 parks and their acreage, and a map of park locations.
- EnvDesign HA730 B4 B4 1981 Reference & Reference Desk
Building a people's park, by Sim Van der Ryn. 1969. Photocopy of typescript.
EnvDesign F869 B5 V3 1969
A History of Berkeley's Live Oak Park, comp. for Friends
of Live Oak by Susan Schwartz. [Berkeley, CA]: The Friends, 1994.
EnvDesign F869 B5 L5 1994 Noncirculating
- [Parks and playgrounds], Charles Keeler, Chairman, Subcommittee on Parks
and Playgrounds. February 11, 1925. 12 pp. IN: Survey of the city's needs for the next
ten years, by Committee of Sixteen. [Berkeley: The Committee, 1925].
- EnvDesign HT177 B45 C66 1925 Noncirculating & Rare
Why can't we make "People's Park" into a real park?,
the Community Campus Coalition for People's Park. [Berkeley, CA:
The Coalition, 1985].
IGS 85 01042
Berkeley Rose Garden
Designers: Vernon M. Dean (landscape architect), Bernard Maybeck (architect), Charles Vernon
Covell (rosarian) Note: Also known as Berkeley Municipal Rose Garden or Codornices Rose Garden.
Berkeley Recreation Department. Annual report. The Annual
Report of the Berkeley Recreation Department reports on the creation, development, and
maintenance of what we now call the Berkeley Rose Garden. In particular, the reports for
1933/34 through 1938/39 contain interesting images of the Rose Garden including a few drawings,
some to scale; black-and-white photographs; and, a scale plan.
IGS GV431 B3 At NRLF
V.M. Dean drawing of the amphitheater; no arbor; includes pool.
Scale plan of "Tennis Courts & Rose Garden at Codornices Park Begun Under
Scale drawing, 15 February 1935, V.M. Dean: "A Landscape Plan for Codornices Park;"
includes a small elevation of a pergola and "Memorial Fountain"
Elevation of Rose Garden, p.23
Description of rose varieties and planting plan, pp.22-24.
- Berkeley Municipal Rose
Garden, by Susan Dinkelspiel Cerny. IN: Berkeley landmarks: an illustrated guide to Berkeley,
California's architectural heritage. Rev. & enlarged ed. Berkeley:
Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association, 2001, p.266. Includes black and white photograph
of the garden under construction.
Online version (Berkeley Daily Planet).
- EnvDesign NA735 B38 C34 2001 Reference Desk & circulating
Municipal rose garden
(Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association) Brief history of the
(Kensington) | Designer: Beatrix Jones Farrand |
Archives: 1927 planting plans for the UC President's House
Blake estate oral history project: interviews, by
Suzanne B. Riess, Berkeley, CA: Regional Oral History Office, Bancroft
Library, Univ. of California, 1988.
EnvDesign LD765 B54 B5 1988 Noncirculating
Preliminary long-range development plan for the Blake
estate, by Geraldine Knight Scott. Department of Landscape Architecture,
Univ. of California, Berkeley, 1964.
EnvDesign LD765 B55 S3
Return to glory: classical grandeur on an intimate scale
is achieved at this Italianate mansion and estate in Berkeley, California,
by Lawrence Lee. Garden design, Summer 1986, v.5:2, p. [56-65].
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- Crissy Field
| Designers: Hargreaves Associates
- Crissy Field tidal basin project collection, 1869-2000 bulk 1996-2000. Collection of reports, maps, photographs,
etc., documenting a tidal wetland restoration project and related shoreline design elements.
Online finding aid describes the collection.
Water Resources Center Archives MS 2000/2
Field of vision: San Francisco's pioneering arifield balances diverse uses and
a complex past, by Katherine Melcher. IN: Landscape architecture (Aug 2003),
v.93:8, pp.68-75, 100-103. Includes aerial photos, drawings, site plans.
EnvDesign SB469 L3 Bound periodicals
The Transformation of Crissy Field, by Arlene Gemmil. IN: California Coast &
Ocean (Summer 2000), v.16:2, pp.6-13. Includes photos and plan.
EnvDesign TC345 C2 C3 Bound periodicals
Bruce Porter and Lurline B. Roth
The Gardens at Filoli, by Timmy Gallagher. San
Francicso: Pomegranate Artbooks, 1994.
EnvDesign SB466 U7 F545 1994
A Place apart, by Jane Brown Gillette. IN: Historic
preservation, vo.46:4, 1994, pp.58-67, 98-99.
EnvDesign E151 H53 Bound periodicals
- Forest Lawn Memorial Parks
(Glendale & Hollywood Hills)
Forest Lawn, by Barbara Rubin, Robert Carlton, and
Arnold Rubin. Santa Monica, CA: Westside Publications, 1979.
Banc pF869 G6 R8 Noncirculating, Library use only
NRLF #: W 101 462 z (Restricted Circ)
The Forest Lawn story, by Ralph Hancock. Los
Angeles: Angelus Pr. 
Banc F869 G6H35 1964 Noncirculating, Library use only
- Pictorial Forest Lawn. Glendale, CA: Forest Lawn Memorial-Park.
- EnvDesign fF869 G5 F6 1934
- Golden Gate Park
(San Francisco) | Designers:
William Hammond Hall and John McLaren; plan by F.L. Olmsted never implemented.
The Development of Golden Gate Park: and particularly
the management and thinning of its forest tree plantations. A
statement from the Board of Park Commissioners, together with reports from
Messrs. Wm. Ham. Hall... Fred. Law Olmsted... and John McLaren. San Francisco:
Bacon & Co., 1886.
Banc pF869 S3 D39 1886
Enchanted garden, by Jean L. Rossi. IN: Pacific
historian, v.13:1, 1969, pp.8-13. Relates the history of the
Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park.
Banc F850 P1297 Noncirculating, Library use only
Golden Gate Park master plan: draft, prepared by Royston
Hanamoto Alley & Abey with DKS Associates. San Francisco: San Francisco
Recreation and Park Dept.,
EnvDesign SB483 S3 D7 1995
The Making of Golden Gate Park--the early years, 1865-1906,
by Raymond H. Clary. San Francisco: California Living Books, 1980.
EnvDesign F869 S3 C537 Noncirculating; Moffitt
San Francisco's Golden Gate Park: a thousand and seventeen
acres of stories, by Christopher Pollock. Portland, OR: WestWinds Pr.,
2001. Describes the features of Golden Gate Park. Illustrated.
EnvDesign F869 S37 G646 2001 Noncirculating
- Griffith Park (Los Angeles)
Griffith Park: a centennial history, by Mike Eberts. Los Angeles: Historical Society of Southern California, 1996.
Banc F869 L86 G7541 1996
Mountain View Cemetery
| Designer: Frederick Law Olmsted |
- By-laws and rules of Mountain View Cemetery Association, with
preface and appendix. Oakland: Mountain View Cemetery Association, 1873. Note: Oakland miscellany. v. 3, no. 2.
- Banc xF869 O2 O23 v.3:2 Noncirculating, Library use only
A California cemetery, by Charles Howard Shinn, IN: Garden and forest,
v.4:167, May 6, 1891, pp.206-207. A short article reflecting the author's on-site observations.
- Print ed.: EnvDesign SB1 G2 Unbound periodicals
Mountain View Cemetery. Oakland, CA:
Mountain View Cemetery Association, 1996. Folded plan of the cemetery.
EnvDesign F869 O2 M68 1996 Rare
Mountain View Cemetery: history is all around us, by Dennis Evanosky. Alameda, CA:
tellar Media Group, Inc., 2007. Folded plan of the cemetery.
EnvDesign F869 O2 E75 2007 Reference & circulating
Mountain View: nature and culture in an American park cemetery, by Gunther Barth. IN: The Mirror of history: essays in honor of Fritz Fellner, edited
by Solomon Wank, et al. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1988, pp. 153-169.
Main DB39 M57 1988; Banc pf F869 O2 B27 1988 phot.
Organization of Mountain View Cemetery Association, Oakland,
California; officers of the corporation, rules, regulations, and by-laws, including a preface
to the plan, by Frederick Law Olmsted. San Francisco: Mountain View Cemetery Association; printed by M.D. Carr & Company, 1865. Note: Oakland miscellany, v. 3, no. 1 and
Willey collection, v. 4, no. 11.
Banc xF869 O2 O23 v.3:1 & xF858.W5 v.4:11 Noncirculating; May be used only in The Bancroft Library
The Park cemetery: its westward migration, by Gunther Barth. IN: Chapter 2,
American public architecture: European roots and native
expressions, Craig Zabel and Susan Scott Munshower, eds. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State Univ., 1989, pp. -81. Includes many
black and white photographs of Mountain View Cemetery.
- EnvDesign NA710 A46 1989 & Banc pfGT3203 B37 1989
- Report of Mr. Olmsted [to Major R.W. Kirkham, on proposed Mountain
View Cemetery], by Frederick Law Olmsted. [1865?]
- EnvDesign F869 O2 O55 1865 Rare
- Ruth Bancroft Garden
| Designer: Ruth Bancroft
The garden was the first in the U.S. to be sponsored by The Garden Conservancy.
A Mouth-watering dry garden, by Joan Hockaday. IN: American horticulturist. Vol. 68: 10, October 1989. Features
Ruth Bancroft's Walnut Creek garden.
Bioscience SB1 N25
The Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, California:
creation in 1971, and conservation: oral history transcript, by Ruth
Bancroft; with introductions by Frank H. Cabot and Wayne Roderick. Transcript:
1 v. (xi, 149 p. ) Phonotapes: 9 cassette tapes.
Banc BANC MSS 93/130 c, Bancroft Phonotape
2748 C:1-8, Banc Phonotape 2945 C
- The Sea Ranch (Sonoma County) |
Dream of the Sea Ranch [videorecording], producer,
director, writer, camerawoman, and ed., Zara Muren. San Anselmo,
CA: Zara Muren, 1994. 1 videocassette (56 min. ) Includes an interview
with Lawrence Halprin.
Media Center VIDEO/C 3632
- The Sea Ranch, by Donlyn Lyndon, Jim Alinder; essays by Donald
Canty and Lawrence Halprin. NY: Princeton Architectural Pr., 2004. Beautifully illustrated with photographs and plans. Table of contents.
- EnvDesign NA735 S437 L95 2004
Sea Ranch, by Donald Canty. IN: Progressive
architecture, v.74:2, 1993, pp.84-91. Includes photographs and
EnvDesign NA1 P4 Periodical stacks
The Sea Ranch [bibliography], by Kathryn M. Wayne
and John V. Maciuika. [Chicago, IL] Council of Planning Librarians,
EnvDesign HT166 A12 C6a no.307 Index
The Sea Ranch: diary of an idea, by Lawrence Halprin. [California]: Comet Sudios, 1995.
EnvDesign NA737 M66 H35 1995
University of California, Berkeley, Campus
Thomas Church, Lawrence Halprin, others | Archives (1959-1969): Bancroft CU-411 Univ. Archives
For a concise overview of the history of campus plans and planning at UC Berkeley, see the Introduction
of Harvey Helfand's University of California, Berkeley: an architectural tour and photographs,
EnvDesign LD761 H456 2002 Reference.
Landscape, open space, circulation, and
parking, Task force report. Russell A. Beatty, Task force chair. November 1982, 97 pp. IN: University of California, Berkeley. Buildings and Campus
Development Committee. The Berkeley Campus Space Plan. Berkeley: Univ. of California, 1981.
EnvDesign LD761 U4 1981 v.3:7 Reserve
Landscape heritage plan, University of California, Berkeley. [Berkeley]: Univ. of California, Berkeley, Capital
Projects/Facilities Services, 
- Print ed.: EnvDesign LD761 L36 2004 DVD Reserve; book + appendix Reference Desk
Landscape master plan, University of California, Berkeley, by
Thomas Dolliver Church & Associates. [San Francisco, CA]: The Associates, .
EnvDesign LD761 L35 1961 Rare, LD761 L35 1961a circulating
Landscape master plan, University of California, Berkeley. [Berkeley]: University of California, Berkeley,
Facilities Services, 2004.
- Print ed.: EnvDesign LD761 L35 2004 Reference
Management plan for Strawberry and Claremont Canyons,
prepared by Joe McBride; revised by Russell A. Beatty. 1979.
EnvDesign LD761 M35 1979
Scattering of buildings softened by landscape: University
of California's Berkeley campus. IN: Architecture, v.74 (Dec. 1985), pp.72-81.
EnvDesign NA11 A6 Bound periodicals
Trees of the Berkeley campus, [prepared by Robert
A. Cockrell with the assistance of Frederick F. Warnke]. Rev. [Berkeley]: Div. of Agricultural
Sciences, Univ. of California, 1976.
EnvDesign QK484 C2 M48 1976 Reference and circulating
Here is a selection of readings on designed landscapes in California, representing the range of materials available in the Environmental Design Library. To find information about specific places, look at the journals or yearbooks of the local landscape architecture societies.
Statewide (Selected Readings)
- Beautiful homes and gardens in California, by Herbert Weisskamp. NY:
H.N. Abrams [1965, c1964] Includes designs of Church,
Eckbo, and Halprin. Illustrated
with black and white photographs and plans.
- EnvDesign NA7235 C2 W43 1965; Banc F862.66 W4
California and the municipal rose garden movement, by Phoebe Cutler. IN: Eden: journal of the California Garden & Landscape History Society, v.8:1 (Spring 2005),
pp.1-5. Includes photographs, plans, and a bibliography.
- EnvDesign SB469 E34 Unbound periodicals
- California gardens, by Winifred Starr Dobyns. Santa Barbara, CA: Allen A. Knoll, 1996.
- EnvDesign & Banc SB466 U7 C323 1996
- California gardens: creating a new Eden, by David C. Streatfield. NY: Abbeville Pr., 1994. Bibliography: pp.262-266.
- EnvDesign & Banc SB466 U65 C295 1994
California urban parks and open spaces: case studies of 35 parks,
plazas, gardens and streets, Andrea Cochran, Mark Francis, Heath Schenker,
eds. Davis: Center for Design Research, Univ. of California,
Davis, 1998. Case studies, which focus primarily on Northern California, include site plans. Includes the Davis Skatepark, Guadalupe River Park, and Yerba Buena Gardens.
EnvDesign SB482 C2 C432 1998 Reference
City parks [videorecording], produced by Actuality Productions Inc. for the
History Channel; written and produced by Shelley Ann Lawrence. [NY]: A&E Television Networks: New Video Group [distrib. ], 1999. VHS. Includes
Griffith Park and Golden Gate Park.
Media Center VIDEO/C MM13
The Gardens of California: four centuries of design from mission
to modern, by Nancy Goslee Power. NY: C. Potter, 1995.
EnvDesign & Banc SB466 U65 C273 1995
The Golden age of American gardens:
proud owners, private estates, 1890-1940, by Mac Griswold,
Eleanor Weller. NY: H.N. Abrams, in association with the Garden Club of
America, 1991. Covers California: pp.311-353. Includes extensive notes, illustrations, and bibliography.
EnvDesign SB466 U6 G75 1991
Modern garden design: innovation since 1900, by Janet
Waymark. London: Thames & Hudson, 2003. Includes work of Church,
Eckbo, and Sessions.
EnvDesign SB472.45 W39 2003
- The Pacific horticulture book of Western gardening,
George Waters and Nora Harlow, eds. & comps. Boston: D.R. Godine in association with the Pacific Horticultural
Foundation, 1990. Features several California gardens, including old Santa Barbara
gardens, Harlan Hand's El Cerrito garden, and the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek.
EnvDesign & Banc SB454.3 M43 P33 1990
- Regional garden design in the United States, Therese
O'Malley and Marc Treib, eds. Washington, DC: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection,
1995. Includes several essays on California gardens.
EnvDesign SB457.53 R44 1995
Northern California (Selected Readings)
- Gardens of Northern California's wine country [videorecording]
Larkspur, CA: The Larkspur Company, 1997. VHS.
Media Center VIDEO/C 5444 Noncirculating
Guide to the landscape architecture of the Bay Region, by Mai
Arbegast, Michael Laurie and Roger Martin. Berkeley, CA: University of California, Dept. of Landscape
Architecture, College of Environmental Design, [1966?]
EnvDesign SB483 S3 A73 1996 Reference & circulating
Building San Francisco's parks, 1850-1930, by Terence Young. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Pr., 2004.
Table of contents.
EnvDesign SB482C22 S268 2004
Site & insight: exploring notable Bay Area landscape architecture, by
Students of LA298, Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning; Helaine Kaplan Prentice, ed. Berkeley: College of Environmental Design, Univ. of Calif., 
EnvDesign SB469.5 C2 S58 2002
Stanford University, by Richard Joncas, David J. Neuman, and Paul V. Turner. 2nd ed. NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 2006. Guidebook to
Stanford buildings and history.
Table of contents.
EnvDesign LD3031 J65 2006 Reference
Southern California (Selected Readings)
Building new frontiers: myth and the development of the American
landscape, by Vincent M. Lee. Los Angeles: Public Access Press:
Southern Calif. Institute
of Architecture, 1995. Focuses on Los Angeles.
EnvDesign SB470.53 L44 1995
Designing Disney's theme parks: the architecture of reassurance,
Karal Ann Marling, ed. NY: Flammarion, 1997.
EnvDesign GV1853.3 C22 D47 1997
The Gardens of Southern California, by Helaine Kaplan Prentice. San Francisco: Chronicle Books,
EnvDesign SB466 U65 C25 1990; Banc fSB466 U65 C25 1990
Glimpses of Santa Barbara and Montecito gardens, by Ervanna Bowel
Bissell. [Santa Barbara, CA: The Schauer Printing Studio, Inc., 1926]
EnvDesign SB466 U7 B5; Banc F868 S23B3
Parks and gardens of the greater Los Angeles Region, Achva
Benzinberg Stein, ed. Los Angeles: School of Architecture, Univ. of Southern
Calif.: Architectural Guild Pr., 1996.
EnvDesign SB466 U65 L67 1996
Private landscapes: modernist gardens in Southern California, by
Pamela Burton and Marie Botnick. NY: Princeton Architectural Pr., 2002.
EnvDesign SB466 U65 C373 2002
Southern California gardens; an illustrated history, by
Victoria Padilla. Berkeley: Univ. of Calif. Pr., 1961. Bibliography: pp.336-339.
EnvDesign, Bioscience, NRLF SB466 U6 P3