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A Short Landscape Glossary

Character defining feature - A prominent or distinctive aspect, quality, or characteristic of a cultural landscape that contributes significantly to its physical character. Land use patterns, vegetation; furnishings, decorative details and materials may be such features.

Feature - The smallest element(s) of a landscape that contributes to the significance and that can be the subject of a treatment intervention. Examples include a woodlot, hedge, lawn, specimen plant, allee, house, meadow or open field, fence, wall, earthwork, pond or pool, bollard, orchard, or agricultural terrace.

Historic character - The sum of all-visual aspects, features, materials, and spaces associated with a cultural landscape's history, i.e. the original configuration together with losses and later changes. These qualities are often referred to as character defining as well.

Historic designed landscape - A landscape that was consciously designed or laid out by a landscape architect, master gardener, architect, engineer, or horticulturist according to design principles, or an amateur gardener working in a recognized style or tradition. The landscape may be associated with a significant person, trend, or event in landscape architecture; or illustrate an important development in the theory and practice of landscape architecture. Aesthetic values play a significant role in designed landscapes. Examples include parks, campuses, and estates.

Integrity - The authenticity of a property's historic identity, evinced by the survival of physical characteristics that existed during the property's historic period. The seven qualities of integrity as defined by the National Register Program are location, setting, feeling, association, design, workmanship, and materials.

Treatment - Work carried out to achieve a particular historic preservation goal.

Local archives containing horticultural and agricultural resources

Historic Garden Research

Plant Sources

American Gardens, and Encyclopedia of Heirloom Ornamental Plants 1640-1940; by Denise Wiles Adams

For Every House a Garden: A Guide for Reproducing Period; by Rudy J. Favretti and Joy P. Favretti

Gardening in America, 1830-1910; by Partricia M. Tice

Landscapes and Gardens for Historic Buildings; by Rudy J. Favretti and Joy P. Favretti

Private Landscapes: Modernist Gardens in Southern California; by Pamela Burton, Marie Botnick, Kathryn Smith

Southern California Gardens; by Victoria Padilla

The Garden Book of California; by Belle Sumner Angier, a 1906 new reprint

The New Traditional Garden: A Practical Guide to Creating and Restoring Authentic American Gardens for Homes of All Ages; by Michael Weishan

2007 - Volume 38, Issue 1


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From the Editor

Most Endangered

A Brief History of Rancho Guejito

Another Part of the Story

The Threat

The Beauty of our State Parks in Peril

The Cultural Landscape Connection to Historic Preservation

What is a Cultural Landscape?

The Historic Home Landscape and Gardens

A Short Landscape Glossary

Importance of the Garden in Home Planning

When was Modern New?

Every Bungalow Represents our History

History Repeating

The Sherman-Glbert House

150th Anniversary of the Jackass Mail


Strength in Numbers

Lost San Diego

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