The Vital Role of Pioneering Women in Landscape Architecture

To commemorate and encourage the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in American history, The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) draws attention to pioneering women who shaped the North American landscape.   Denver’s Jane Silverstein Ries is featured prominently. 

Ries specialized in urban residential designs for both small and large homes. Her projects, which numbered over a thousand, showcased her signature style, formal but livable, welcoming from the street, and easy to maintain, integrating native and specimen plantings. Her designs include: the Herb and Scripture Gardens for the Denver Botanic Gardens; rehabilitated gardens of the Colorado Governor’s Mansion; the restored gardens at the Molly Brown House; and the urban renewal redevelopment of Larimer Square. Her own garden was designated a Denver Landmark in 1992.