A. J. Downing (1815-1852) wrote the first American treatise on landscape gardening. As editor of the Horticulturalist and the country's leading practitioner and author, he promoted a national style of landscape gardening that broke away from European precedents and standards.
PhD Dissertation title: To Live in the New World: Adaptations for America in A.J. Downing's Theory of Landscape Gardening
Supervisor: David Leatherbarrow