Event Calendar

Images 1-3,6-7 courtesy Frances Shedd Fisher, Images 4-5,8 courtesy Jean Stringham.

Landscape Walk: "Arnold Arboretum: Where the Wild Things Are"


April 18, 2014, 7:30-9 pm

Meets in front of the Hunnewell Building, located just inside the Main Gate, 125 The Arborway/Route 203.

Explore the wilder creatures of the Arboretum, while discovering the work of Frederick Law Olmsted and horticulturist Charles Sprague Sargent; not only co-designers of our nation’s first public Arboretum, but also advocates for the preservation scenic and wilderness areas around the country. Culminating at the top of Bussey Hill, participants will be able to observe constellations in the night sky through a telescope. Co-sponsored by Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area and the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.

Illustrated Lecture:“Olmsteds Go Wild!! The Olmsteds and the American Conservation Movement”


April 22, 2014 at 7 pm.

Fairsted Barn, Olmsted NHS, 99 Warren Street, Brookline, MA 02445.

Although known as the designers of some of our nation's most beloved landscapes, the Olmsteds also realized that they sometimes needed to let nature be the final artist. This 45-minute talk will explore the ethic of conservation developed by the Olmsted firm, from Olmsted Sr's work to help preserve the Yosemite Valley, to his son Olmsted Jr's recognition as one of “...the greatest of Parks men in the world."

Film Premiere: Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America

Tickets: $11 General Admission; $9 MFA, Boston members and Emerald Necklace Conservancy donors

April 23, 2014; 8 pm

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 02115

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston will host the Boston premiere of “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America,” a new, one-hour documentary produced by Lawrence Hott and Diane Garey, a co-production of WNED-TV, Buffalo/Toronto and Florentine Films/Hott Productions, Inc. Read more.

Order tickers online or call 1-800-440-6975.

Frederick Law Olmsted Birthday Celebration in Olmsted Park

Free and open to all.

April 26, 2014; 1-3 pm

Olmsted Park’s Allerton Overlook near the intersection of Pond Avenue and Allerton Street.

Co-sponsored by High Street Hill Association - Friends of Leverett Pond, the Town of Brookline’s Parks and Open Space Division and the Brookline GreenSpace Alliance, the event will provide something for everyone in the family— a park stroll with Mr. Olmsted (actor Gerry Wright), sidewalk chalk art, music, glitter tattoos, nature stories, a pooch parade and a tree identification walk with Town Arborist Tom Brady— all topped off with an Olmsted birthday cake.

Landscape Walk: "Jamaica Pond: Genius of the Place"


April 27. 2014; 10 am-12 pm

Meets at the Jamaica Pond Boathouse, located at the intersection of Pond Street and the Jamaicaway.

Examine the natural and cultural history of the pond and surrounding parkland. The tour will also cover the park’s design by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted on the day following the 192nd anniversary of Olmsted’s birth.

Lecture: Mariana Griswold van Rensselaer: A Landscape Critic in the Gilded Age

Fee: $10 Arnold Arboretum member, $15 nonmember

May 19, 2014 7:00-8:30pm

Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130

Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer (1851-1934) was one of the premier figures in landscape writing and design at the turn of the twentieth century, at a moment when the amateur pursuit of gardening and the increasingly professionalized landscape design field were beginning to diverge. Her close relationship with Frederick Law Olmsted influenced her ideas on landscape gardening, and her interest in botany and geology shaped the ideas upon which her philosophy and art criticism were based. Judith Major presents the first in-depth study of the versatile critic and author, revealing Van Rensselaer’s vital role in this moment in the history of landscape architecture.

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Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic is open with regularly-scheduled public tours offered on Fridays and Saturdays.

Further information, including hours, tour times and directions, is available at Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site’s website or by calling 617-566-1689 Monday through Saturday.

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