Elizabeth Barlow Rogers is a writer about place. She has won recognition for her skill in exploring the nature and design of landscapes as places shaped by the cultural ideals of diverse periods and societies. Because of her long association with Central Park, three of her books — Frederick Law Olmsted’s New York, The Central Park Book, and Rebuilding Central Park: A Management and Restoration Plan — focus on this American masterpiece of democratic landscape art. However, her interest in place extends beyond designed landscapes, as exemplified by her first book, The Forests and Wetlands of New York City, and encompasses the landscapes of many lands and periods, as evidenced by two important works, Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History and Romantic Gardens: Nature, Art, and Landscape Design. Her most recent book, Learning Las Vegas: Portrait of a Northern New Mexican Place, reveals the meaning of place through her photographs and conversations with sixty of the residents of this lost-in-time American small town.