Upcoming & Past Events

    • May 12, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Online via Zoom
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    As many preservationists grapple with saving historic landscapes threatened by development, climate change, or neglect, preservation through documentation is a wise strategy. Baseline documentation is useful for maintenance and interpretive needs, and this academic record can outlast the landscape itself. This talk by Chris Stevens will demystify the documentation process and share its benefits and opportunities.  

    The Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) mission is to record historic landscapes in the United States and its territories through measured drawings and interpretive drawings, written histories, and large-format photographs - preservation through documentation. The National Park Service (NPS) oversees the daily operation of HALS and formulates policies, sets standards, and drafts procedural guidelines in consultation with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). The Library of Congress preserves the documentation for posterity and makes it available to the general public. Together with the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), this collection is among the largest and most heavily used in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress.  


    This special lunchtime talk is free. Registration is limited to 100 people. 


    Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village HALS CA-42-11 (Stephen Schafer, photographer, August 2009). Library of Congress.


    About our Speaker

    Chris Stevens is currently the acting Chief of the National Park Service Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) and has been the Landscape Architect for the HALS Program since 2008. HALS is a small program with a big impact, and Chris is grateful to collaborate with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and many professionals and volunteers all over the country to expand the HALS Collection at the Library of Congress. Chris first joined the National Park Service in 2000, after obtaining his MLA and Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Virginia School of Architecture. Chris worked as a historical landscape architect for the NPS Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation from 2000-2006. There he prepared Cultural Landscape Reports and Inventories and served as a cultural landscape adviser for many Northeast Region parks. From 2006-2008, Chris served as the Cultural Landscape Inventory (CLI) Coordinator for the National Capital Region in Washington, DC. 

    • May 19, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (PDT)
    • Online via Zoom
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    Eden editor Steven Keylon will give a presentation on the prolific landscape architect Tommy Tomson, also known as the “landscape architect to the stars." Born with the name Golden Sands in Zanesville, Ohio, Tomson arrived in Hollywood in the 1920s. There, he was noticed for his handsome looks and was invited for a screen test and studio contract. Instead, he chose a completely different career path, converting into a self-taught landscape architect. 

    Keylon takes us on a tour of the highlights of Tomson's long 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. After the war, Tomson turned his focus from residential work to large-scale projects. In 1946, he designed the master-planned community of Palm Desert. This was followed by designs including factories, hospitals, and resorts, including the high desert community of Apple Valley.

    The photo shows film star Joan Bennett strolling through the Tomson-designed garden of her Wallace Neff estate in Holmby Hills. Photo courtesy Marc Wanamaker/Bison Archives

    The photo shows film star Joan Bennett strolling through the Tomson-designed garden of her Wallace Neff estate in Holmby Hills. Photo courtesy Marc Wanamaker/Bison Archives


    About our Speaker

    Steven Keylon, the editor of the CGLHS journal Eden, is a landscape historian who lives in Palm Springs, California, and writes and lectures about Southern California's landscapes. Steven is the author of The Modern Architecture of Hugh Michael Kaptur and The Design of Herbert W. Burns and articles on 

    the landscape work of Fred Barlow Jr., Tommy Tomson, and Katherine Bashford. He has also contributed to many Cultural Landscape Reports and Historic Context Statements for significant landscapes. 
    • June 16, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (PDT)
    • Online via Zoom
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    In conjunction with the North American Japanese Garden Association, this talk will reveal the history of select Japanese gardens in California.

    More details will be announced soon. 



Past events

April 21, 2021 How to Research 201: a review guide to researching people
March 24, 2021 CGLHS Lecture: The Modern Landscapes of Robert Royston
February 17, 2021 CGLHS Lecture: Shaping Landscape Architecture in the Early 20th Century: Race, Gender, and Difference
November 18, 2020 CGLHS Lecture: Landscapes Lost or Forgotten
October 21, 2020 CGLHS Lecture: The Olmsted Brothers: Innovative Ecological Designs for California
September 23, 2020 CGLHS Lecture: Landscapes for Leisure
August 19, 2020 CGLHS Lecture: Hayes Perkins, The “Magic Carpet” Man
March 28, 2020 POSTPONED: Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Botanist Mildred E. Mathias: Film, Lecture, Tour, and Lunch
March 28, 2020 POSTPONED: Preservation Behind the Scenes in Filoli's Historic Garden
March 21, 2020 While Events are Cancelled: Online Resources from CGLHS
March 09, 2020 Huntington Lecture: California and the Birth of the Modern Garden
November 17, 2019 Outstanding American Gardens Lecture
October 04, 2019 CGLHS ANNUAL CONFERENCE: LOMPOC AND MISSION LA PURISIMA
September 21, 2019 Busch Gardens, Pasadena, Part 2: Lower Gardens
August 10, 2019 Busch Gardens Tour in Pasadena
August 05, 2019 California Ranches: Lands in Transition
June 03, 2019 Richard Neutra, Landscape Architect
May 11, 2019 Glendale Historical Society Restoration Expo
November 19, 2018 Beatrix Farrand Film Screenings
November 02, 2018 CGLHS ANNUAL CONFERENCE: MARIN COUNTY
July 29, 2018 BUSCH GARDENS: ADOLPHUS BUSCH'S EARLY AMUSEMENT PARK
May 19, 2018 TWO HISTORIC GARDENS IN PASADENA
December 02, 2017 FRANCIS DEAN AND THE ART OF MODERN LANDSCAPE
November 12, 2017 THE LANDSCAPE DESIGNS OF RALPH D. CORNELL
October 27, 2017 LANDSCAPES FOR LEISURE: ANNUAL CONFERENCE
September 19, 2017 RUTH SHELLHORN: MIDCENTURY LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
July 19, 2017 KATE O. SESSIONS: A NETWORK AND LEGACY OF BOTANICAL BOUNTY
April 01, 2017 ERNEST BATCHELDER: HIS PUBLIC LEGACY, HIS PRIVATE GARDEN
September 23, 2016 CHICO, JEWEL OF THE NORTH VALLEY
November 02, 2015 SAVING OUR GARDENS…HONORING OUR PAST
October 02, 2015 CULTIVATING IDENTITY: BALBOA PARK AS CULTURAL LANDSCAPE
June 05, 2015 ARCHITECTURAL AND HORTICULTURAL WALKING TOUR OF THE VILLAGE OF MALAGA COVE IN PALOS VERDES ESTATES
November 07, 2014 WHAT’S OUT THERE WEEKEND LOS ANGELES: THE PUBLIC LANDSCAPES OF RALPH D. CORNELL
October 24, 2014 THE LANDSCAPE LEGACY OF LOCKWOOD DE FOREST
September 28, 2013 BECOMING PUBLIC: DESIGN, HISTORY, PLANTS AND PRESERVATION IN EAST BAY GARDENS
May 31, 2013 WHEN THEY WERE WILD
April 12, 2013 A FRESNO FROLIC
October 13, 2012 PIECING TOGETHER PASADENA’S GARDEN HISTORY: A Unique Project in an American City
September 08, 2012 PLANTS, PASSION, AND PROPAGATION: A HORTICULTURAL TOUR OF SONOMA COUNTY
September 09, 2011 RANCHOS TO CASTLES: A TOUR OF SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY
November 13, 2010 KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES: BEATRIX FARRAND’S SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GARDENS
October 15, 2010 SANTA CRUZ: LAND OF 1001 WONDERS
October 02, 2010 NATURE OF THE PLACE
July 11, 2010 NEVER MET A VIEW I DIDN’T LIKE
May 22, 2010 ON THE RAZOR’S EDGE
April 17, 2010 LANDSCAPE AS SANCTUARY
October 23, 2009 LANDSCAPES FOR LIVING: THE POST WAR YEARS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
September 26, 2008 SPIRIT OF LANDSCAPE: CALIFORNIA’S LOWER OWENS RIVER VALLEY
September 27, 2007 CALIFORNIA JAPANESE STYLE GARDENS: TRADITION AND PRACTICE
October 20, 2006 CALIFORNIA’S SARATOGA: SPRINGS, ORCHARDS & GARDENS
June 11, 2005 BEYOND VINEYARDS: LANDSCAPES OF THE NAPA VALLEY
November 04, 2004 THE EMPIRE THAT CITRUS BUILT: LANDSCAPE HISTORY OF OLD SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY
July 25, 2003 EARTHLY PARADISE: GARDEN HISTORY OF THE SAN FRANCISCO PENINSULA
October 11, 2002 CULTIVATING CAPISTRANO: HISTORIC VALLEY GARDENS AND LANDSCAPES
September 22, 2002 GARDEN HISTORY OF SONOMA COUNTY
October 07, 2000 GARDEN HISTORY OF THE MONTEREY PENINSULA
August 20, 1999 ARTISTIC LEGACIES: UNLOCKING THE TREASURES BEHIND THE GARDEN GATES
February 25, 1999 REGIONAL MEETING: HISTORY OF SANTA BARBARA GARDENS
May 02, 1998 SACRAMENTO AREA EMPHASIS
October 11, 1997 PASADENA AREA EMPHASIS
April 12, 1997 BAY AREA EMPHASIS
November 09, 1996 BOTANIC HERITAGE GEMS OF SAN DIEGO
February 16, 1996 SECOND ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING
September 23, 1995 FIRST ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING