Upcoming & Past Events

    • August 19, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (PDT)
    • Online Zoom presentation
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    PHOTO: Title page of EDEN article, Winter 2019

    THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! RESERVATIONS WILL BE HONORED ONLY UNTIL 6:05 p.m. At that time, we will admit attendees from the waiting list who are logged on and waiting in the Zoom "waiting room." (Please join the waiting list to receive the link.)

    CGLHS is proud to announce the first in our new series of lectures to be conducted live online during the current restrictions on public meetings.

    David Laws will describe the life and times of Henry Hayes Perkins who, after 50 years of working his way around the world as a manual laborer, transformed a barren strip of coastal bluff in Pacific Grove, California into a dazzling springtime carpet of fluorescent pink blooms. Photographs in LIFE and National Geographic, as well as a giant display in Grand Central Station, enticed tourists from across the globe. One of the most loved and distinctive horticultural features of the Pacific Coast in the early 1960s, today the garden is but a sad reflection of its former glory. And its creator is all but forgotten. Topics of the talk will include Perkins’s life as an adventurer, his work on the construction of Hearst Castle, and efforts by the citizens of Pacific Grove to preserve his garden for future generations.

    More about our speaker, David Laws: 

    David A. Laws is a board member of CGLHS. He photographs and writes about the technology pioneers of Silicon Valley and the history of gardens from his home on the Monterey Peninsula. His work has appeared in numerous broadcast, electronic, and print media outlets from the BBC and NPR, to mobile apps, guide books, newspapers, magazines, and academic journals. His talk is based on the article “Hayes Perkins: The ‘Magic Carpet’ Man” that was published in EDEN Vol. 22, No. 1, Winter 2019.

    This online event is free to the public.

    Please register to obtain instructions to join the event, which will be held on Zoom. 

    An online version of the EDEN article is posted on medium.com

    • September 01, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Los Angeles River Center & Gardens, 570 W. Avenue 26 Los Angeles, CA 90065


    This year marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of CGLHS! We have been planning our next conference
    focusing on the Los Angeles River, but we regret that we must postpone it due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. 

    When we reschedule the conference (expected for 2021), activities will include talks at the Los Angeles River Center, walking tours, kayak excursions and exploration of pocket parks. The tours are scheduled to feature Atwater, Frogtown, and the Headwaters Corner at Calabasas. 

    We expect speakers and tour leaders to include:

    Joe Edmiston, Executive Director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy

    Joe Linton of "Creek Freaks" and "Streetsblog LA;" author of the guidebook, Down by the Los Angeles River 

    Dennis Washburn, advocate for the Santa Monica Mountains and Las Virgenes Forest and founding mayor of Calabasas 

    PHOTO: Los Angeles, looking north from Elysian Park showing Los Angeles River and Mt. Washington, approximately 1900, photCL Pierce 00853, C.C. Pierce Collection of Photographs, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


Past events

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