Learn the fascinating story of Frederick Law Olmsted, America’s father of landscape architecture. Hartford-born in 1822, Olmsted designed major parks in New York (Central and Prospect), Boston and Washington, D.C., as well as outdoor treasures in many other cities. Among his Connecticut designs are Seaside and Beardsley Parks in Bridgeport, Walnut Hill in New Britain and the Institute of Living campus in Hartford.
Even closer to home, Olmsted Brothers Landscape Design, in partnership with architect I.N. Phelps Stokes, designed and constructed Greenwich’s Khakum Wood.
Learn how the landscape architect’s formative years in his native state influenced his brilliantly executed and far-seeing designs, how this master park maker was able to create a sense of nature in the densest urban areas and why his designs endure more than a century later.
Leacturer David K. Leff is an essayist, a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet and former deputy commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. He is the author of five nonfiction books, three volumes of poetry and a novel in verse. In 2016–2017 the National Park Service appointed him poet-in-residence for the New England National Scenic Trail (NET). His journals, correspondence and other papers are archived at the University of Massachusetts Libraries in Amherst. More info here.
This lecture is presented in memory of David R. Wierdsma.
Thursday, May 17
Doors open at 6:30 pm for wine and light refreshments;
45-minute program begins at 7:00 pm and is followed by a 15-minute Q&A session
Vanderbilt Education Center
Members: $15; nonmembers: $20