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Friends of Fairsted 2019 Fall Lecture

Climate Change and Urban Landscapes:
Extending Olmsted's Legacy
Chris Reed, Stoss Landscape Urbanism, Boston

This lecture will address the contemporary challenges and implications of climate change on cities and urban landscapes. Reed will explore how Olmsted’s work in the 19th century can act as a model for multifunctional urban parks, and how new versions of these parks and park systems might best take on the climate challenges and social equity issues we face today. Examples of current work in Boston by Reed’s firm Stoss will demonstrate how climate change has renewed Boston’s leadership in imagining open space systems that respond to contemporaneous social and environmental challenges.

Chris Reed is Founding Director of Stoss Landscape Urbanism

Massachusetts Horticultural Society Genius of Place Symposium
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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Reception Follows

900 Washington Street

Wellesley, MA 02182

Members & Professional Affiliations $70/$85

Non-Members & General Public $85/$100

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John Phibbs

Beginning with efforts first made by Lancelot "Capability" Brown and then by his successor Humphry Repton, both looked to implement an ever greater closeness to the environment that they found around them. Then in the case of Repton, to progress beyond that - to make landscapes that inspire joy. With every decade from 1750-1820 these two men stripped away and received ideas of what landscape gardening should do, one after another the difficulty, of course, is to recognise simplicity when you see it and to know joy when you find it.

As the Romantic Movement found its voice, there was Revolution, and then came Napoleon.

Phipps has run Debois Landscape Survey Group in Chalford, England since 1978. It is dedicated to the management and conservation of historic landscapes of all kinds. He led the tercentennial celebrations of the birth of Capability Brown in 2016 and published two books on Brown at that time: Capability Brown, Designing the English Landscape for Rizzoli, and Place-making, the Art of Capability Brown for Historic England and the National Trust. He was awarded an MBE by the Queen for Services to Landscape Architecture in 2017.

Ethan Carr

Landscape Design School

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The popular Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts Landscape Design School (LDS) will be held in Lexington on October 24 and 25, 2019. LDS is a series of four courses presented by distinguished lecturers on landscape design, methods, history, theory and analysis. LDS is open to the public. While the courses do not confer professional status, it is an enriching experience and can serve as an entrée to the subject.

The speakers this year include Mark Ahronian, Principal of Ahronian Landscape Design; Christie Dustman, APLD; Heather Heimarck, ASLA; Margie Coffin Brown, ASLA; Kris Scopinich, Massachusetts Audubon Society; Rebecca Soules, Canterbury Village; New Hampshire and Cricket Vlass, Landscape Planner for the town of Wellesley.
To find out more and obtain a registration slip visit here.
Diane Kostial McGuire (1934-2019)


Diane Kostial McGuire passed away on February 28, 2019. McGuire was founder and the first Director of the Raddcliffe Seminars Program in Landscape Design. Perspectives grew out of that program. You can read the 1999 interview with McGuire here.

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