This April 26 marks the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, the master designer of public parks and a founder of the field of landscape architecture. Join historian James Lewis of the Forest History Society for the next installment in the “Conversations in Forest History” webinar series when he hosts filmmaker Laurence Cotton, who will do a deep dive into the remarkable life and career of the Renaissance-man Olmsted–writer, philosopher, social reformer, advocate for the preservation of natural scenery, and creator of some of the most beautiful public and private parks and gardens in all of North America. Laurence will also give a visual tour of representative masterful landscapes designed by Olmsted as well as his two sons and the Olmsted Bros. landscape architecture firm, as the footprint of their works literally stretch across the entire continent of North America. The event is free but registration is required.

It’s highly recommended that you watch the 55-minute PBS film “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America” that Laurence consulted on, available through Amazon Prime Video or for free here:

Attendees can earn 1.5 hours of CFE credit through the Society of American Foresters.