Frederick Law Olmsted helped define American landscape architecture through the hundreds of projects he envisioned across the country. Public parks designed by Olmstead over 150 years ago remain natural oases in the heart of American cities.
He is best known for his landscape design of seven well-known gardens: Central Park in New York City, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Emerald Necklace, Boston, Biltmore Estate, Asheville, Mount Royal, Montreal, and the Grounds of the U.S. Capitol and White House. Olmsted also conceived the idea for the original 4,000 acres of pastureland and woods at Shelburne Farms in Vermont.
The Adirondack Garden Club (AGC) has announced “The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted,” a virtual lecture looking at the design principles utilized by Olmsted in his gardens, set for Monday, January 10th at 11 am.
The lecture will be led by Roxanne Zimmer, Ph.D., who will answer questions such as: What are the hallmarks of Olmsted park design? What made his work outstanding and radical in his time? and Why are these features so important today?
Lecture attendees will take a virtual trip to Central Park, Prospect Park, Boston’s Emerald Necklace and the Bayard Cutting Arboretum to see the key features that answer these questions.
April 26, 2022, marks the 200th birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted, an anniversary being recognized nationally through the Olmsted 200 campaign, a nationwide bicentennial birthday celebration of the democratic values and enduring influence of the visionary American landscape architect.
In preparation for the lecture, many members of the Adirondack Garden Club have read Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted by Justin Martin, but it is not required to participate.
Dr. Roxanne Zimmer is a Community Horticulture expect at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Suffolk County, where she speaks to school and community groups about why we should be reducing lawns, planting native species and cultivating more vegetables. She offers Master Gardener Training and Spring Gardening School yearly and recently launched The Joy of Gardening, an online gardening course for those who want to become better home gardeners.