Archive for December, 2011

Thanks for exploring Hodges Gardens with me.  I’m pleased that this project created some new Hodges Gardens fans and even re-sparked feelings for the Garden that were experienced decades ago.  Thank you for your comments and suggestions.  Your presence and contributions both assisted the research process and added life to this blog.

Understanding Your Historic Landscape, a guide for researching historic landscapes.

Today is the last day of my internship here at NCPTT.  Recently, I’ve been working on a historic landscape research guide, which uses examples from the research that this blog represents.  Called Understanding Your Historic Landscape, the document presents suggestions for researching and documenting historic landscapes–suggestions which will hopefully be helpful to readers from backgrounds other than historic landscape studies.  When the guide is ready for online viewing, a link will be provided here on the blog.   Similarly, the guide will link readers back to this blog.

Although I will no longer regularly update Exploring Hodges Gardens, it will remain online.  The blog will be available as a resource for future research, and will remain a location where readers can revisit Hodges Gardens and share comments.  Again, thanks for your interest in Exploring Hodges Gardens.  This has been a rewarding experience, and I look forward to sharing the completed guide.  The following is an excerpt from the introduction page of the guide.

“Historic landscapes are all around us.   From the National Mall in Washington D.C., to the rural hamlets, farms, resorts, parks, battlefields, and cemeteries around our own neighborhoods and regions, our heritage is alive and reflected in the landscape…

Many products of historic landscape research (including the CLI, CLR, and HALS) are best accomplished by practitioners in the above mentioned fields. However, much can be learned about an historic landscape by people of any background—given a genuine interest in the landscape and a basic aptitude for research…

Recognizing primary requirements of historic landscape research, this document aims to recommend techniques for better understanding an historic landscape—and most importantly, to present the information in a way that is useful to interested persons of any background or training…”

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A watercourse draws the eye through the landscape in this springtime photo from 1966. Hodges Foundation Archive.

The Dallas Times Herald announced the Hodges Gardens spring season with this paper magazine cover on April 3, 1966.  This view appears to be taken on the second/middle level of the main gardens–one of the most visited areas in the Garden today.

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