Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)

Legacy Department

Landscape Architecture


Goetcheus, Cari

Committee Member

Vincent , Ellen

Committee Member

Pearson , David


The purpose of this study is to propose a historically appropriate rehabilitation plan for the Biltmore Estate's Ramble based upon Olmsted's original design intent. In order to ascertain Frederick Law Olmsted's original design intent for the Ramble, an extensive review of Victorian Era garden design, cultural landscapes, the U.S. Horticultural Industry, and possible design influences on Olmsted as he designed the site was performed. Using primary archival materials and secondary sources, the developmental history of the Ramble from 1890 to present was studied. From that work, design intent was determined by analyzing character-defining features from the original 1893 planting plan and evaluating change over time. As a result, a proposed rehabilitation plan that effectively returns the Ramble to its original design intent is offered.