Upcoming & Past Events

    • August 05, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Huntington Library, Art Gallery and Botanical Gardens, Rothenberg Hall, 1151 Oxford Road San Marino, CA 91108

    A Lecture by Marc Appleton, Architect 

    CGLHS is proud to announce the upcoming lecture in our series at the Huntington Library, in which architect Marc Appleton will discuss the history of cattle ranching in California. Once a robust industry in the state, ranching is now a much diminished and challenged enterprise, says Appleton, and many ranchers are witnessing the passing of a way of life. As ranches fail, there is a renewed debate over how these lands might transition to other uses. Many fall prey to suburban sprawl, but others offer instructive alternatives. A book signing will follow the talk.  

    This event is free to the public. No reservations are required. 


    Likely Land & Livestock Ranch, Likely, California (photo by Melba Levick. © Rizzoli).

    More about our speaker, Marc Appleton:  

    Marc Appleton is the founding Principal of Appleton Partners LLP–Architects with offices in Santa Monica and Santa Barbara, California. A graduate of Harvard College (1968) and the Yale School of Architecture (Master of Architecture, 1972), Marc apprenticed at several architectural firms, including Benjamin Thompson & Associates, MacAllister, Rinehart & Ring, and Frank O. Gehry & Associates, before opening his own practice in 1976. His design work has received many awards and been widely published in Architectural Digest, Town and Country, and other periodicals. From its inception, he was consistently named one of AD’s top 100 Designers.

    In 1999, he wrote a new introduction and bibliography for Acanthus Press’s reprint of Rexford Newcomb’s Mediterranean Domestic Architecture in the United States followed by his publication of George Washington Smith: An Architect’s Scrapbook in 2001, California Mediterranean (Rizzoli Publications, 2007), and New Classicists (Images Publishing, 2008). He assisted in the publication of the book Casa del Herrero: The Romance of Spanish Colonial (Rizzoli Publications, 2009), published Myron Hunt at Occidental College by Robert Winter (2012), California Ranches (Rizzoli, 2012) and the series Master Architects of Southern California 1918-1941.

    Marc is a founding member of the Appleton-Whittel Research Ranch Foundation in Arizona and the Mingei International Museum of World Folk Art in San Diego. He has served on the Board of Trustees for Prescott College in Arizona, The Cooper Union, NY, the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, NY, the Dean’s Council of the Yale School of Architecture, as well as Casa del Herrero, Lotusland, and The Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

    • August 10, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Pasadena, CA

    Pasadena’s amazing Busch Gardens, famous as a tourist attraction from 1906-1937, and later as a Hollywood film location, was subdivided for residential development in the 1930s and 1940s. Surprisingly, many features of the Gardens still exist in the private gardens of present-day residents. A City survey found over 30 sites that still retain significant remnants of the original Gardens. Many of the current property owners take great pride in preserving and enhancing these historic features, and are happy to show them to visitors. California Garden and Landscape History Society has gained access to several of these hidden treasures for our August 10 tour.


    Ticketing and further details to come! 



    • October 04, 2019
    • October 06, 2019
    • Lompoc, Mission La Purísima Concepción

    2019 CGLHS Conference

    Save the Date and Book Your Hotel Rooms Now!

    Early California Landscapes and Gardens:

    Romance and Reality

    Lompoc, home of Mission La Purísima Concepción 

    Friday, October 4-Sunday, October 6, 2019


    This fall's CGLHS Annual Conference will focus on the landscapes of early California, telling the story of the Missions and the early agricultural practices of the region. We will explore the authentic history of the pre-Spanish era and post-Spanish settlements, along with the myth-making reinvention in the 19th century of these working landscapes as idyllic places of pastoral enchantment. We will also look at the late 20th century cultural shift to a more authentic telling of these stories. 

    Reserve your hotel room now! 

    A block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lompoc has been reserved at a discounted rate of $139.00 a night. To reserve your room at the special rate, please click on the link provided here: BOOK HOTEL AT GROUP RATE

    You may also telephone the hotel directly at (805) 735-1880; just let them know you are booking a room for the CGLHS Conference. 

    The deadline for the discounted rate is September 6.

    Registration and Conference Program will be available soon!


Past events

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