WAGNER HODGSON LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
it might have been a hard act to follow.
Frederick Law Olmsted aimed to design outdoor spaces that
would refresh and renew the human spirit, and this he certainly
did in sculpting the sweeping landscape of the Gilded Age
Vanderbilt-Webb estate on Lake Champlain in Shelburne,
Vermont. Today, the estate is part of Shelburne Farms, a 1,400-
acre working farm, forest, and National Historic Landmark run
as an educational nonprofit organization with an emphasis
on sustainability. Recently, it sold one of its outer parcels to a
couple who built a new home on the 10-acre site. The Olmsted
legacy notwithstanding, the new owners, who had spent time in
Japan, challenged Keith Wagner and Jeff Hodgson of Wagner
in the spirit of Shelburne Farms’ respect for natural beauty, landscape architects Keith Wagner and Jeff Hodgson let the meadow grow right up to
the bluestone retaining walls that define the entertainment terrace, and the homeowners are participating in a meadow restoration research
project by the University of Vermont. Beyond the blossoming wildflowers is a view of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains.