Forging His Path – Flower Magazine

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FLOWER: YOU GREW UP IN MANHATTAN AND RECEIVED A DEGREE IN HISTORY AND BOTANY FROM VASSAR COLLEGE. HOW DID THAT LEAD YOU TO A CAREER IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE? 

Ed Hollander: If you are lucky, you find that one college professor who helps direct your path. I was the luckiest person ever because I found more than one. At Vassar, I signed up for horticulture as an elective on a whim. That decision introduced me to Sven Sward, a devoted horticulturist and former superintendent of grounds at Vassar. He is the one who truly led me to the trees, and my interest only grew. From there, I attended the New York Botanical Garden School of Professional Horticulture, but it wasn’t until I went to the University of Pennsylvania to study landscape architecture that I really learned how to read the land. At that time, my teacher and department chair, Ian McHarg, was at the forefront of ecology as it relates to design. He was a chain-smoking, Bible-thumping, Scottish apostle for the planet. He was a leader of a movement, and his holistic teachings were life-changing for me.

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