Upcoming & Past Events

    • June 03, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Huntington Library, Art Gallery and Botanical Gardens, Rothenberg Hall, 1151 Oxford Road San Marino, CA 91108

    A Lecture by Barbara Lamprecht, PhD, Architectural Historian

    Richard Neutra (1892 - 1970) insisted that his designs were not buildings but “soul anchorages,” “habitats,” and “constellations,” environments that fused constructions and site. While renowned for his cool, sleek interpretations of Modernism, his first job after World War I was as an assistant to a gardener, on his knees planting seedlings in boxes. His employer, though, was no ordinary gardener, but one of Switzerland’s most famous early purveyors of Modern landscape design. At the time, landscape architecture as a profession was emerging from garden design, horticulture, and botany; it was an exciting time when new theoretical positions were established. Neutra was introduced to other now-iconic figures in the field, later integrating his knowledge of plants with ideas about evolutionary biology’s role in human well-being.



    The event is free of charge and no reservations are required.  


    photo credits:

    Above: Richard Neutra, Kuhns house, 1960s. Photo by John Lary Kuhns. Used with the kind permission of the family.

    Right: View through patient waiting room  Source: Photo by Julius Shulman. Copyright The J. Paul Getty Trust. The Getty Research Institute ID no grill_2004_r_10_b0081_9_2098_20.

    • October 04, 2019
    • October 06, 2019
    • Lompoc and Mission La Pursima Concepcion

    Early California Landscapes and Gardens: Romance and Reality

    Save the date: October 4-6, 2019

    Lompoc and Mission La Purísima Concepción


    The 2019 CGLHS Annual Conference will focus on the landscapes of early California. Our speakers will tell the story of the Missions and the early agricultural practices of California. 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 into idyllic pastoral places of enchantment. We will also look at the late 20th century cultural shift to a more authentic telling of these stories. 


    Details will follow soon! We look forward to having you join us. 

Past events

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