WHAT: Members of Congress will dedicate a Kentucky coffeetree in honor of Frederick Law Olmsted— visionary social reformer, founder of American landscape architecture and the first landscape architect for the U.S. Capitol Grounds.
WHO: Rep. French Hill (R-AR), Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Jim Kaufmann (Director, Capitol Grounds and Arboretum), Anne “Dede” Petri (President & CEO, Olmsted Network), Torey Carter-Conneen (CEO, American Society of Landscape Architects), “Big Head Fred” (7-foot-tall caricature of FLO), and Olmsted 200 Founding Partners.
WHEN: The event will take place at 8 am ET on Thursday, June 22, 2023.
WHERE: Senate side of the Capitol off of Constitution Avenue NW, Northwest Drive due East of the Summerhouse, which Olmsted designed over 150 years ago.
WHY: In 2022, the Olmsted Network celebrated the bicentennial of Olmsted’s birth with “Olmsted 200: Parks for All People”. This national celebration spurred a renewed investment in Olmsted parks and places around the country. In addition to Resolution 1013, this tree planting honors Olmsted’s service as the first landscape architect for the U.S. Capitol Grounds and his massive imprint on the country’s landscape.
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