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Sound and Scent in the Garden

Dumbarton Oaks
May 9  –  10, 2014
Garden and Landscape Studies Symposium, D. Fairchild Ruggles, Symposiarch

Organized by Dumbarton Oaks senior fellow and professor of landscape architecture at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, D. Fairchild Ruggles.

The 2014 Dumbarton Oaks symposium in Garden and Landscape Studies (May 9-10, 2014) was on the theme of sensory perception. While we often approach gardens as things to be seen—thus engaging the rational, intellectual part of the human brain—Sound and Scent in the Garden explored the more elusive experiences of sound and smell. Important dimensions of garden design and performance, and often having a powerful effect on the human body, these senses are ephemeral and can be difficult to study. The papers in the symposium explored the ways that the historical experience of sound and scent can be recuperated, and explain the meaning of those senses for landscape design, past and present.

This event was approved for 12 LA CES (ASLA) credits for landscape architects. Read the review in the American Society of Landscape Architect's blog The Dirt on 05.14.14 and 05.15.14.


  • Elizabeth Fowler, University of Virginia
  • Mohammad Gharipour, Morgan State University
  • Deborah Green, University of Oregon
  • John Dixon Hunt, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ali Akbar Husain, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Pakistan
  • Elizabeth Hyde, Kean University, NJ
  • Rachel Koroloff, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign/ Dumbarton Oaks
  • Mark Laird, Harvard University
  • Barbara Burlison Mooney, University of Iowa
  • Priyaleen Singh, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi
  • Manu P. Sobti, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Anatole Tchikine, Dumbarton Oaks
  • Alain Touwaide, Smithsonian Institution
  • Yu Zhang, Southwest Jiaotong University, China





Speaker Biographies

Allegory of the sense of smell, circa 1618, Brueghel I and Rubens, Museo del Prado