Upcoming & Past Events

    • October 27, 2017
    • October 29, 2017
    • PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA

    Palm Springs: Playground of the Stars

    We have reserved 40 rooms at the Riviera Hotel for conference attendees at the special CGLHS rate of $149 per night, with discounted resort fee of $15 per night. Discounted rate applies for people who would like to want to stay a few days before or after the conference.

    A personalized website for California Garden & Landscape History occurring (October 27, 2017 – October 28, 2017) has been created for you.

    Click the link below to access the Riviera site to learn more about the event and to book, modify, or cancel a reservation from May 1, 2017 to September 27, 2017

    https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1705017627&key=28D7C061

    Steven Keylon, President, CGLHS

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    Download the resort map: Riviera Resort Map


    Details

    Palm Springs has been Hollywood’s desert playground since the 1920s. A haven for the rich and famous to relax in peace and obscurity, the area also boasts a complex and interesting cultural history. The Agua Caliente Band of the Cahuilla Indians lived in adjacent canyons for centuries, drawn to the area for the hot mineral springs, which were considered sacred. Later, Spanish explorers became enchanted by the native flora and fauna, calling the area, “La Palma de la Mano de Dios,” or “The Palm of the God’s Hand.” Our conference will explore this fascinating history, and also focus on a broad review of the designed landscape and the practitioners responsible for the evolution of 20th century modernism, including the sanatoriums of the early 1900s, fashionable resorts and western-themed dude ranches of the 1920s, Spanish Colonial-Revival estates, ranch-inspired homes, and the Modernist buildings of Palm Springs.

    CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

    Friday, October 27, 2017
    Conference begins at the home of CGLHS President Steven Keylon. Address to be sent upon Registration

    5:00 pm – 5:30 pm CGLHS Member Check-In
    5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Walking Tour of historic Deepwell Estates: Stars and Starchitects in Deepwell
    Please join us in Palm Springs’ historic Deepwell Estates neighborhood, for a walking tour conducted by the Palm Springs Historical Society. Stroll through this pristine mid-century neighborhood with elegant Modernist homes, lived in by some of Hollywood’s biggest names. Loretta Young, William Holden, Liberace, Jerry Lewis, Carmen Miranda are just some of the stars who called Deepwell home. The neighborhood also boasts some of the most attractive desert landscaping in Palm Springs, with many gardens designed by the talented and colorful cactus collector and nursery owner, “Cactus Slim” Moorten.
    6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    Informal welcome reception after the walking tour
    After the walking tour, the group will convene at the Deepwell Estates home of CGLHS President Steven Keylon and his partner, metal sculptor John De La Rosa. Their 1950 modernist home was designed by architectural designer Herbert W. Burns, and is being restored to its original condition. Catch up with old friends and make new ones over wine, cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres.
    8:00 pm Dinner on your own – A list of local restaurants will be provided


    Saturday, October 28, 2017

    Palm Springs Art Museum 101 Museum Dr., Palm Springs CA 92262

    9:30 am – 10:00 am Check in (Breakfast not served at this venue)
    10:00 am – 10:30 am CGLHS Member Meeting
    10:30 am – 10:35 am Welcome and Introduction
    10:35 am – 12:00 pm Conference Begins
    “Landscapes for Leisure,” Steven Keylon, President CGLHS – Steven will discuss the evolution of designed landscape in the Coachella Valley in the 20th Century, within the broader context of landscape design and the cultural history of Palm Springs and its surroundings. “Poetics of Stone: From Material to Meaning,” Lisa Gimmy, ASLA – Lisa will focus on the incorporation of stone in modernist buildings and landscapes in Palm Springs, and will trace the origin of this expression in the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. The lecture will conclude with an exploration of the use of stone in contemporary buildings and landscapes.
    12:10 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch at the historic O’Donnell Golf Club patio
    Attendees will walk the short distance to the Coachella Valley’s first golf course, the private O’Donnell Golf Club. Built by Thomas A. O’Donnell, an oilman who came to Palm Springs in the mid-1920s, this nine-hole course was originally adjacent to the famed Desert Inn.
    1:15 pm – 4:30 pm Bus tour of several private historic landscapes in Palm Springs
    Return to Palm Springs Art Museum at 4:30 pm.
    6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Cocktail reception
    7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Dinner
    Spencer’s, at the Historic Palm Springs Tennis Club 701 W. Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262 Nestled at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, the Tennis Club was built by Palm Springs pioneer Pearl McCallum McManus in 1937. Our evening will begin with a cocktail reception with full bar and passed hors d’oeuvres on the upper lawn just outside the Paul R. Williams and A. Quincy Jones designed Bougainvillea Room from 1947. Next, we will dine under the stars on the terraced lawn with adjacent palm trees, overlooking the “most photographed pool in the world.”


    Sunday, October 29, 2017

    9:30 am – 11:00 am Continental breakfast and garden tour
    After a light continental breakfast, we will tour a private garden in the Coachella Valley. Details to come.
    11:00 am Conference ends

    CONFERENCE FEES

    Registration includes walking tour, opening reception, lectures, Saturday lunch, bus transportation for garden tours, cocktail reception and dinner Saturday night, Sunday continental breakfast, and entrance to all venues/events.


    Registration Fees
    (before September 4th)
    Registration Fees
    (after September 4th)
    CGLHS Members
    $325 $370
    Non-Members/Guest $365 $410
    Guest of conference attendee, opening reception and Saturday night dinner  $150 $150


    Conference SOLD OUT

    • November 12, 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Huntington Library, Rothenberg Hall

    Among the first generation of landscape architects in Southern California, Ralph Cornell (1890–1972) is considered the most influential. His wide scope of projects included college campuses, city parks, and significant residential commissions. Noted architect Brian Tichenor will discuss Cornell’s life and milieu while examining three of his highly significant landscape designs. The lecture is presented in collaboration with the California Garden and Landscape History Society. Free; no reservations required. Rothenberg Hall at the Huntington Library,




Past events

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 05, 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 26, 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 17, 1996 SECOND ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING
September 23, 1995 FIRST ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING