Author(s): Warren T. Byrd, Jr.
Nelson Byrd Woltz's designs transcend mere decoration, they are both technologically innovative and environmentally sound and most importantly; they inspire people to gather together, connecting with nature and each other. Nelson Byrd Woltz: Landscapes is divided into four sections: Garden, Campus, Park and Farm; projects include a Manhattan rooftop garden that provides a haven for visiting bird species; a renewed stream valley and pond at the University of Virginia that has become a favourite spot for campus relaxation as well as a model for stormwater management; a large-scale farming operation that has demonstrated its environmental stewardship by returning large portions of its grazing pastures to wildflower meadows; and an animal-friendly new home for the giant pandas, at the National Zoo in Washington DC. Throughout, lush photography documents the pleasures and significance of a landscape architecture grounded in the affinity with nature and the commitment to preserving it.
Warren T. Byrd, Jr. is founding principal of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, Professor Emeritus of the University of Virginia and a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Thomas L. Woltz is the principle and owner of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects and a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Stephen Orr is the editorial director for gardening at Martha Steward Living and the Author of Tomorrow's Garden. Elizabeth Meyer is a professor at the University Of Virginia School Of Architecture and a leading theorist of landscape architecture.