Frederick Law Olmsted defined and named the profession of landscape architecture and designed America's most beloved parks and landscapes of the past century - New York's Central Park, Brooklyn's Prospect Park, the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Biltmore Estate, and many others. During a remarkable forty-year career that began in the mid-1800s, Olmsted created the first park systems, urban greenways, and suburban residential communities in this country. This volume presents the breadth of Olmsted's work in expansive, beautiful color photographs by Paul Rocheleau. Beveridge's engaging text illuminates Olmsted's role as an indefatigable administrator and social reformer. Olmsted's career reflected a deep concern for fostering community and using the restorative effects of natural landscapes to counteract the debilitating forces of urban life.