Olmsted NHS Events

 Turkeys on South Lawn
Some participants working off the turkey during last year's "Learn and Burn" walk.

Photo by NPS

Saturday, October 27th 2:00pm to 4:00pm

FALLING FOR OLMSTED: The Arnold Arboretum

Experience this Olmsted designed landscape on a guided tour through dimensions of color and texture while learning about the science behind changing leaves. This walk will touch on the history of the landscape architect who designed our Emerald Necklace Park system and his design theory, while viewing all the fall foliage the Arnold Arboretum has to offer!
Meets at the Hunnewell Visitor Center, Arnold Arboretum, Arborway/Route 203, Jamaica Plain

Monday, November 12th 1:00 pm to 3:00pm


In merging hydraulic engineering with landscape design, Olmsted helped to redefine the role of public space in urban areas.
Join us as we explore how sanitation - and imagination - helped create the Back Bay Fens. Note: This is Veterans Day observed.
Meets at the Shattuck Visitor Center, 125 The Fenway, Boston

Saturday, November 17th 11:00 am to 12:30pm

OLMSTED'S NEIGHBORS: Isabella Stewart Gardner's Green Hill

This program will explore the cultural and botanical history of the former home of "Mrs. Jack". An illustrated lecture will be followed by a walk over a 5 acre portion of the estate that since 2001 has been administered as part of Frederick Law Olmsted NHS.
Enrollment for this walk is limited. Please RSVP

Friday, November 23rd 10:00am to 12:00pm

LEARN & BURN: Mr. Olmsted's Neighborhood
Won't you join us on our annual post -Thanksgiving walk? Expect brisk walking, along with a little talking, while we weave
our way to and through some of the places that make up the neighborhood the Olmsteds called home.
Due to safety concerns, enrollment for this walk is limited. Please RSVP .

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Friends of Fairsted Lecture Series

Saving Central Park: A History and A Memoir
An Evening with Elizabeth Barlow Rogers

Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
Author and President of the Foundation for Landscape Studies

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
6:00pm Reception | 7:00pm Lecture
Wheelock College, Brookline Campus
43 Hawes Street, corner of Hawes and Monmouth Streets, Brookline, MA
Registration is strongly encouraged and seating is limited.
Click here to register on-line.

The Friends of Fairsted are pleased to welcome Elizabeth Barlow Rogers to Boston for a presentation about her recent book, Saving Central Park: A History and a Memoir. A prolific author and indefatigable advocate for landscape studies and preservation, Barlow will discuss the book and her heroic leadership of the restoration and care of Central Park. The Wall Street Journal describes “Saving Central Park” as not only the story of the recovery of 800 acres of parkland; but also the story of the rebirth of an idea—Olmsted’s idea that public parks are vital to the American city, not only as recreational retreats but also as democratic public spaces.

Elizabeth Barlow Rogers is currently the president of the Foundation for Landscape Studies and the author of nine previous books, including The Forests and Wetlands of New York City, Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History, Romantic Gardens: Nature, Art, and Landscape Design, and most recently Green Metropolis: The Extraordinary Landscapes of New York City as Nature History and Design. She has long been involved in and influential in historic landscape preservation and was the first person to hold the title of Central Park Administrator. She was instrumental in founding the Central Park Conservancy and is the winner of many awards in the field of landscape studies and restoration. A native of San Antonio, Texas, she has made New York her home since 1964.

For additional information about this lecture and other Friends of Fairsted events and programs.

Last updated: November 7, 2018

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