Bennington Library Hosts Landscape Architecture Conference | Community News


BENNINGTON — The Bennington Free Library will host a virtual lecture via Zoom, “Frederick Law Olmsted, New England’s Beloved Son,” presented by Ann McEntee on Tuesday, April 19 at 7 p.m.

The conference takes place a week before the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, founder of American landscape architecture.

This program begins with a brief overview of Olmsted’s early life here in New England and his many jobs before partnering with architect Calvert Vaux to design Central Park. The conversation then turns to two of his New England works, the Emerald Necklace and the Shelburne Trusses, which display his fundamental design principles and techniques. Boston’s Park System reveals Olmsted’s sensitivity to the growth of the city and the need to “green” it through parks and parkways.

The conference is aimed at a general audience but pays particular attention to the interests of gardeners and those interested in exploring these Olmsted sites with family and friends. McEntee, PhD, MLA is a former professor of communication and drama. She left teaching to earn a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of New Mexico. She holds Master Gardener and Advanced Master Gardener certifications, and currently teaches architectural and landscape history for Keene State College’s CALL (Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning) program and works part-time as a landscape consultant. .

His speech will be shared via Zoom. To visit for membership instructions and more information. You can participate using your tablet, computer or phone, including logging in on your phone. If you don’t know how to register, just ask! Email: [email protected] or call: 802-442-9051 and ask for the reference desk.


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