Special Presentation: A Visit from Frederick Law Olmsted
Kirk R. Brown—Award-winning designer and president, Garden Writers Association
Designer, horticulturist, and lecturer Kirk R. Brown channels Frederick Law Olmsted, considered to be the father of Landscape Architecture and the first leading spokesperson for conservation and sustainable practices. Responsible for designing over 6,000 landscapes in North America, Olmsted’s legacy includes the grounds of The White House, Central Park, and a conservation movement that is still challenging the world today. His influence is enormous; he created entire cities out of the American wilderness. Moreover, his inspiration extended to his son and stepson, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. and John Charles Olmsted—founders of the renowned Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm. Hailed as visionaries, they helped found the forerunner to the system of parks throughout Seattle, Tacoma and Portland. In this fascinating and moving reenactment (in costume), of Frederick Law Olmsted himself, discover the impact of FLO, and come away inspired to create a garden that benefits you now—and will continue to benefit future generations to come.
Thursday, Feb 8 at 4:30 pm / Rainier Room