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Jane Padelford

Program Coordinator for Garden and Landscape Studies

Jane Padelford.

As program coordinator for Garden and Landscape Studies, Jane Padelford supports the fellowship program, research awards, the graduate workshop, a lecture series, symposia and colloquia, and a series of installations of contemporary art in the institution’s historic gardens. Padelford facilitated programming for the Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies (2014–2019) and continues to serve as a landscape design studio critic for local high school students. In conjunction with the symposium “Designing Wildlife Habitats,” she codesigned the native aquatic habitat in the Ellipse, which developed into a functioning ecosystem, and contributed to Dumbarton Oaks’ goal for greater biodiversity in the gardens.

Padelford, RLA, ASLA, was trained as a landscape architect, with an MLA from Cornell University and a BA in art history, also from Cornell. Field research includes how planting straight species, (i.e., non-cultivars) can contribute to biodiversity in the Washington region. She initiated the Green Acres Habitat by organizing her neighbors and the county to plant native trees, shrubs, grasses, and wildflowers, and has been measuring an increase in migrating birds and pollinators. She created a bicycle tour of Rock Creek Park in “The Landscape Architect’s Guide to Washington, DC,”  an exhibit sponsored by the American Society of Landscape Architects.