TALKS AND INTERVIEWS
The Northwest Gardens of Lord & Schryver
Elizabeth Lord & Edith Schryver formed the first landscape architecture firm founded by women in the Pacific Northwest in 1929. Their complementary talents and strong social network assured their success during the economic development of the region. Val Libby, former associate professor of landscape history & public horticulture at Temple University, talks about their work based on her book The Northwest Gardens of Lord & Schryver. View the video at: https://youtu.be/3wWQG1KfXXI
Olmsted and Yosemite: Civil War, Abolition, and the National Park Idea
In their book Olmsted and Yosemite: Civil War, Abolition, and the National Park Idea, Rolf Diamant and Ethan Carr identify a connection between the civil war, abolition, and the dawn of urban and national parks via the life of Frederick Law Olmsted. In this talk presented by CGLHS on June 1, 2022, the authors describe their research into the turbulent decade during which the United States engaged in civil war, abolished slavery, and saw Yosemite emerge as a public park. View the video at: https://youtu.be/M47pJ0UwXbk
The Garden History of the Monterey Peninsula
David Laws, past vice-president of CGLHS, presents “The Garden History of the Monterey Peninsula” based on his Fall 2016 Eden article of the same name. From the Spanish and Mexican-era adobes of the Monterey Historic Park District to the grounds of the former Hotel del Monte, and the estates of Pebble Beach, landscaping styles across the Monterey Peninsula span basic kitchen gardens and private, walled compounds to Rudolf Ulrich’s “Cornucopia of the world’s flora” and civic projects by modernist masters Lawrence Halprin and Garret Ekbo. His talk begins after the introduction, 6 minutes into the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NT7wQfD-2qU
Oral History of David Streatfield
David Streatfield is emeritus professor of Landscape Architecture and Design and Planning.at the University of Washington. He has a long and distinguished career in the teaching and practice of landscape architecture and is well known to members of CGLHS for his book California Gardens: Creating a New Eden. On May 27, 2021, David recorded an oral history on his life and career with David Laws, former Vice President of CGLHS.
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Oral History of Christy O'Hara
Christine Edstrom O'Hara, past president of CGLHS, talked about her life and career as an educator, landscape architect, and historian in a conversation with David Laws in January 2021. The influence of landscape historian David Streatfield informed O'Hara's dogged pursuit of a career practicing and teaching design and landscape preservation.
A CGLHS special event on October 13th, 2021 focused on apples, cider, and orchards with a view into the life and accomplishments of the pomologist and plant breeder, Albert Felix Etter. One of the most talented plant breeders of the 20th century, Mr. Etter established a homestead experiment station amongst the wilderness of the Lost Coast in Humboldt County where he bred new varieties of fruit, nuts, and grain. The speakers were Tom Hart co-owner of Humboldt Cider Company in Eureka, CA. and Brandon Buza is a San Francisco-based fermentation geek with a passion for cider, wine, and all things sourdough. View a video recording of the event here.
San Francisco's Golden Gate Park by Christopher Pollock (November 17, 2021) A Thousand and Seventeen Acres of Stories. In 2020, the City of San Francisco celebrated the 150th anniversary of Golden Gate Park. Rec & Park Historian-in-Residence Christopher Pollock reviewed the process of building a verdant park on a foundation of arid sand dunes and discusses early efforts to construct the Conservatory of Flowers, Sharon Quarters for Children (America's first public playground!), and de Laveaga Dell, home of the National AIDS Memorial Grove.
Japanese Gardens in California (June 16, 2021) In conjunction with the North American Japanese Garden Association, representatives from three gardens in California describe their histories, designs, and the challenges of managing them in the 21st century. The speakers and their gardens in order of presentation are Steven Pitsenbarger, Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco, Shozo Kagoshima, Hakone Estate & Gardens, Saratoga, and Patrick Rigney, SuihoEn, Los Angeles.
The Glamorous Gardens of Tommy Tomson by Steven Keylon (May 19, 2021) Steven takes us on a tour of the highlights of prolific landscape architect Thomas Tomson's career, from the stately estates for 1930s and 40s film stars, his forty years at Santa Anita, and other iconic prewar work including the Pan-Pacific Auditorium, and Union Station and his post-war large-scale projects.
Documenting Landscapes in Perpetuity: The Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) by Chris Stevens (May 12, 2021) Chris Stevens, acting Chief of the National Park Service Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS), and Landscape Architect for the HALS Program since 2008 describes the benefits and opportunities of the project and process of documenting a landscape for submission to the NPS.
"How to Research 201: a review guide to researching people" by Stewart Traiman (April 21, 2021) Stewart Traiman describes the research he has undertaken in the fields of genealogy and medicine for 30 years. He presents a wide breadth of source knowledge about historical research, using both online and off-line resources.
“The Modern Landscapes of Robert Royston” by JC Miller (March 24, 2021) Landscape architect, writer, and educator JC Miller presented “The Modern Landscapes of Robert Royston” for the 2021 CGHLS Lecture Series on March 24, Mr. Miller’s talk covered the career of Royston (1918–2008) who was one of America's most distinguished landscape architects during the post-war period. His design work and university teaching helped define and establish California landscape modernism. Royston is best known for his public works, especially city parks, however, he also designed innovative gardens over the course of his long and productive career.
"Shaping Landscape Architecture in the Early 20th Century" by Thaisa Way (February 17, 2021) Thaïsa Way Program Director for Garden & Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, a Harvard University research institution located in Washington DC presented an online lecture "Shaping Landscape Architecture in the Early 20th Century: Race, Gender, and Difference" to CGLHS members on February 17, 2021. For a downloadable pdf of the works cited click here.