Upcoming & Past Events

    • 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
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    Register

    2018 CGLHS Conference

    Living with Nature: The Settlement & Protection of the Marin County Landscape 

    Friday, November 2 - Sunday, November 4, 2018


    Hosted by the Marin Art & Garden Center

    30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross, CA

    MEMBERS: TO OBTAIN MEMBER PRICE, LOG IN BEFORE PROCEEDING TO REGISTER! 



    Early bird registration rates in effect until September 17th. REGISTER NOW!


    We advise you to reserve your hotel accommodations now! See below


    Preliminary schedule:

    Friday, Nov. 2  1pm-3pm   Optional pre-conference tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's
     Marin County Civic Center
       5pm -7pm  Welcome reception and keynote presentation at
     Marin Art & Garden Center (MAGC)
     Sat., Nov. 3  9am-12pm  Talks and lunch at MAGC
       1pm-5pm  Afternoon tour of historic sites on Mt. Tamalpais
       6pm  Festive dinner at the historic Lagunitas Club
     Sunday, Nov. 4  9am-12pm  Morning garden tour in Ross/Kentfield
       12pm  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 online through Marriott at https://bit.ly/2lNSrO9, or call (800) 321-2211 and ask for the California Garden and Landscape History Society group. 


    Top: 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. Above right: Octagon House, Marin Art & Garden Center, built 1864, courtesy of Marin Art & Garden Center.

Past events

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