Join us on Friday, May 6 at 4 pm or 7 pm at Yerkes Observatory for a lecture by Laurence Cotton, Landscape Designers For Public & Private Parks & Gardens Including Yerkes Observatory grounds and Geneva Lake Estates.

Wine and hors d’oevre reception between sessions.

Historian and filmmaker Laurence Cotton will take a deep dive into the remarkable life and career of Frederick Law Olmsted, creator of some of the most beautiful public and private parks and gardens in all of North America. Laurence will talk about design traditions, aesthetics and philosophies that influenced Olmsted’s thought and give a visual tour of representative masterful landscapes designed by Olmsted, his two sons and the Olmsted Bros. landscape architecture firm, the legacy of which can be seen across North America, including the Upper Midwest Great Lakes states and Geneva Lake.