Nature 106, 724-724 (03 February 1921) | doi:10.1038/106724c0

Landscape Architecture

W. J. B.


THIS work sets out to provide a comprehensive classification of the field of landscape architecture, and attempts to show in detail both the “subjects making up the field, and the relation of the field itself to tangent fields.” The scheme resolves, itself into a series of some thirteen to fourteen hundred headings, under which published literature, notes and other manuscript material, maps, plans, photographs, and other pictorial matter may be arranged. These headings are placed in. groups according to their relationship with each other, and the groups themselves are classified. Landscape art must be much more highly organised in the United States than it is here to justify the publication of such an elaborate scheme as this, the chief raison d’etre of which is the convenient docketing of papers in one form or another. We doubt if there are half a dozen firms of landscape gardeners in this country whose accumulation of material is so extensive as to need extraneous assistance in arranging it, but to any such this work is no doubt capable of affording valuable suggestions. It shows, at any rate, how extensive is the area covered by landscape art, and how far-reaching are its ramifications when followed out to their full extent.