The Pasadena Public Library, in partnership with the Pasadena Garden Club, is hosting a virtual presentation to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., social reformer, founder of American Landscapes, and park designer, on Thursday June 23 , 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. is considered the father of landscape architecture. At this event, Dr. Christine Edstrom O’Hara, a professor at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, will explore Olmsted’s living legacy and the hundreds of landscapes and parks Olmsted inspired across the states. -United.
After nearly two decades of diverse experiences, in 1865 Olmsted turned full-time to the practice of landscape architecture. That year, he returned to New York from California to complete Central Park and design Prospect Park with his business partner, Calvert Vaux.
Over the next 30 years, Olmsted created hundreds of designs, literally defining the field of landscape architecture and illustrating the many ways it could improve the human condition.
For Olmsted, parks should provide city dwellers with “a sense of expanded freedom” and be restorative in nature, working unconsciously to contribute to people’s well-being. Gently curving paths, an expanse of grassland, an indefinite line of trees, and gracefully contoured terrain were, for Olmsted, essential elements of a public park.
“We want land where people can easily get to when their day’s work is over, and where they can walk around for an hour, seeing, hearing and feeling nothing of the hustle and bustle of the streets, where they will indeed find the city distant from them,” Olmsted said in 1870.
Participation in Thursday’s virtual event is free, but registration is advised.
To register, go to https://pasadena.evanced.info/
For more information, call (626) 744-4066.