Events: Upcoming & Past

    • July 29, 2018
    • 2:30 PM
    • Huntington Library, Art Gallery, and Botanical Gardens

    Huntington Lecture 

    Pasadena's Busch Gardens:

    Adolphus Busch's Early Amusement Park

    Sunday, July 29, 2018

    2:30 p.m.

    Rothenberg Hall

    The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

    1151 Oxford Road

    San Marino, CA 91108



    Since fall 2015 the California Garden and Landscape History Society (CGLHS) and the Huntington have presented talks at the Huntington on landscape and garden history in California. Join us for our upcoming lecture! 

    When Adolphus Busch purchased the Cravens estate on Pasadena’s "Millionaires’ Row” in 1904, the seller stated that he was selling because there was not enough land to develop a proper garden. Busch, the German brewing magnate from St Louis, soon proved him wrong. Within a year Busch was buying up land from his neighbors, eventually acquiring some 60 acres stretching down to the bottom of the Arroyo Seco. Opened to the public in 1906, the gardens featured exotic plants, dramatic terraced hillsides, a rock grotto, rustic bridges, waterfalls and ponds, and “fairy scenes” depicting tales from Grimm: Snow White with the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, and Hansel and Gretel. Many of these features survive in local gardens.  

    Local historian Ann Scheid writes and lectures on historic architecture, gardens and city planning. She is also the curator of the Greene & Greene Archives at the Huntington, and a board member of the California Garden and Landscape History Society.

    • November 02, 2018
    • November 04, 2018
    • Marin County, California

    SAVE THE DATE: November 2 - 4, 2018

    2018 CGLHS Conference

    LIVING WITH NATURE: THE SETTLEMENT AND PROTECTION OF THE MARIN COUNTY LANDSCAPE

    Hosted by the Marin Art & Garden Center

    30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross, CA



    Friday, November 2 - Sunday, November 4, 2018

    Registration will begin in late June — we advise you to reserve your hotel accommodations now! See below.

     Preliminary schedule:

    Friday, Nov. 2  8am - 3pm   Optional pre-conference tour in San Francisco
       5pm  - 7pm  Welcome reception and keynote presentation at MAGC
     Sat., Nov. 3  a.m.  Talks and lunch at MAGC
       p.m.   Afternoon tour followed by festive dinner 
     Sunday, Nov. 4  a.m.  Morning garden tour in Ross/Kentfield
       12 noon  Conference ends 

    Marin County is blessed with natural beauty, from the vistas of San Francisco Bay to the redwood forests of Mt. Tamalpais, rolling farmland and the dramatic coastline of Point Reyes. The construction of the Golden Gate Bridge made Marin more accessible to San Francisco residents and brought with it the specter of over-development. This galvanized residents to organize and save the treasures of their natural landscape and established a context for ongoing stewardship of the land that continues today. 

    Many of the great 20th-century landscape architects and architects worked in Marin and houses and gardens here reflect the Bay Region style, blending with the natural surroundings and using local materials. 

    Join us for a conference focusing on this distinctive built environment and the people who created it, and the stories of the passionate advocates who worked to protect the beauty of the natural setting of Marin.

    Marin Art & Garden Center (MAGC) was founded in 1945 by a group of Marin conservation leaders who wanted to save the 11-acre site and create a center for the arts and gardens. The 19th century barn, now a working theater, and Octagon House, currently the headquarters of the Ross Historical Society, are complemented by modernist buildings designed by Gardner Dailey and Russell Emmons; with grounds first imagined by Thomas Church and later developed by Herman Hein. Today, it is owned and managed by a nonprofit organization and open for visitors year round. 

    MAGC is a 25-minute drive north from the Golden Gate Bridge and easily accessible from the East Bay via the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. There is ample free parking.

    Conference hotel:  Marriott Courtyard at Larkspur Landing

    A limited number of rooms are reserved for CGLHS at a special reduced rate. Reservations must be made by October 1, 2018 to receive the discounted group rate. Reservations may be made on line through Marriott (link), or call (800) 321-2211 and ask for the California Garden and Landscape History Society group. 

    Above: Two men (not identified) seated on a rock on the path up to the fire lookout at the top of Mount Tamalpais. The Tavern of Tamalpais is seen below. Photo c. 1905 by F. Ransome, courtesy of the Lucretia Little History Room, Mill Valley Public Library.