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California Landscape Architecture & Gardens: Landscape Sites

California Landscape Architecture and Gardens is a selective bibliographic research guide to UC Berkeley library and web resources on the history of California landscape architecture.

Landscape Sites

Balboa Park (San Diego) | Designers: Kate Sessions & Samuel Parsons

Berkeley Parks

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.
    • 1933-1934
      • V.M. Dean drawing of the amphitheater; no arbor; includes pool.
      • Scale plan of "Tennis Courts & Rose Garden at Codornices Park Begun Under C.W.A.​
    • 1934-1935
      • Scale drawing, 15 February 1935, V.M. Dean: "A Landscape Plan for Codornices Park;" includes a small elevation of a pergola and "Memorial Fountain"
    • 1936-1937
      • 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).
  • Municipal rose garden (Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association) Brief history of the garden.

Blake Garden (Kensington) | Designer: Beatrix Jones Farrand | Archives: 1927 planting plans for the UC President's House

Crissy Field (San Francisco) | 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.
  • 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.
  • The Transformation of Crissy Field, by Arlene Gemmil. IN: California Coast & Ocean (Summer 2000), v.16:2, pp.6-13. Includes photos and plan.

Filoli (Woodside) | Designers: Bruce Porter and Lurline B. Roth

Forest Lawn Memorial Parks (Glendale & Hollywood Hills)

Golden Gate Park (San Francisco) | Designers: William Hammond Hall and John McLaren; plan by F.L. Olmsted never implemented.

Griffith Park (Los Angeles)

Mountain View Cemetery (Oakland) | Designer: Frederick Law Olmsted | Archives

Ruth Bancroft Garden (Walnut Creek) | Designer: Ruth Bancroft 
The garden was the first in the U.S. to be sponsored by The Garden Conservancy.

The Sea Ranch (Sonoma County) | Designer: Lawrence Halprin

  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Sea Ranch, by Donald Canty. IN: Progressive architecture, v.74:2, 1993, pp.84-91. Includes photographs and site plans.
  • The Sea Ranch [bibliography], by Kathryn M. Wayne and John V. Maciuika. [Chicago, IL] Council of Planning Librarians, 1994.
  • The Sea Ranch: diary of an idea, by Lawrence Halprin. [California]: Comet Sudios, 1995.

University of California, Berkeley, Campus | Designers: Thomas Church, Lawrence Halprin, others | Archives (1959-1969)
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.

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