2022 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, social reformer and founder of American landscape architecture. Frederick Law Olmsted, commonly referred to as the 'Father of American Landscape Architecture', is perhaps best  known for the design and creation of Central Park in New York and the U.S. Capitol grounds in Washington, D.C. 

The GCA Library Book Group is reading Justin Martin’s Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted as part of GCA’s Olmsted 200 celebration and invite you to join a Zoom discussion on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 1 p.m. CDT. The discussion is open to all GCA club members although space will be limited to 24 participants. Registration is required. Click here to learn more and to register.

Read this informative article Virginia wrote in 2017 regarding Olmsted’s influence on Milwaukee parks: https://tinyurl.com/2p83x5j6

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Dede Petri to be Keynote Speaker for Olmsted Lake Park Event 


Anne Neal 'Dede' Petri will be our keynote speaker for our ”A Day in the  Park” event on June 7 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted. (See her bio here:  https://www.olmsted.org/naop-about/naop-staff/term/summary). Dede is the  first President and CEO of the National Association of Olmsted Parks (NAOP) and a Past President of the Garden Club of America (GCA). Dede's presentation will follow a luncheon held at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts  Center where a new Olmsted Exhibition curated by Annemarie Sawkins will be on display. 


During the morning before the luncheon, KMGC participants will enjoy a guided walk through Lake Park led by experienced volunteers affiliated with the Lake Park Friends nonprofit  organization. Olmsted created and designed Lake Park on the Milwaukee lakefront in 1889 and many of his  original features still exist there. His other important works across the country and here in Milwaukee as well as his contribution to the creation of  the National Park Service will be covered by Dede in her presentation, "A Walk in the Park: Exploring the Work  and Legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted."