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The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s 2020 Season of Events

The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s (TCLF) ambitious 2020 season of events includes numerous new programs along with favorites such as What’s Out There Weekends, Garden Dialogues, the carefully curated Annual Excursion, Pioneers Oral Histories, and others. Among the new initiatives, the inaugural Oberlander Prize Forum focuses on the climate crisis, and a traveling exhibition, Women Who Shaped the American Landscape, will shed light on at-risk landscapes created by, or associated with, pioneering women.

A new Pioneers Oral History with the California modernist landscape architect Robert Royston, the sixteenth in an ongoing series, kicked off TCLF’s 2020 season. The oral history covers seminal events in Royston’s life and career, including, for example, illuminating recollections of his time with Thomas Church and Garrett Eckbo. Later this year, a new oral history with another noted California-based practitioner, Pamela Burton, will be unveiled.

On March 7, the first of this year’s Garden Dialogues, exclusive tours of distinct private residential landscapes featuring the landscape architect and the homeowner, will be held at a 250-acre equestrian estate in Wellington, FL, near West Palm Beach. Since 2012, O'Leary Richards Design has overseen the implementation of a myriad of landscape architecture projects at the estate, ranging in scale from an intimate, Asian-inspired courtyard to extensive renovations of the main entrance driveway, residential greens, jungle paths, and native palm walks. The event includes lunch, and LA CES credits are available. More than two dozen additional Dialogues have been scheduled in Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA, Sarasota, FL, Mercer Island, WA, Alexandria, VA, and other locations.

On June 18, the inaugural Oberlander Prize Forum, the first of the public engagement activities associated with the recently established Cornelia Hahn Oberlander International Landscape Architecture Prize, will be held in New York City. Courageous by Design: How Landscape Architects Are Confronting the Climate Crisis in New York City is prompted by Oberlander’s challenge to the profession that its members be leaders in addressing climate change. In New York City, that leadership is principally by women practitioners. The all-star lineup includes Martha Schwartz, FASLA, founding principal of Martha Schwartz Partners in London, UK, New York, NY, and Shanghai, China; Elizabeth K. Meyer, FASLA, the Merrill D. Peterson Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia School of Architecture in Charlottesville, VA; Signe Nielsen, FASLA, Principal, MNLA, New York, NY; Kate Orff, FASLA, founder of SCAPE Landscape Architecture DPC in New York, NY, and New Orleans, LA, and an associate professor in Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; Lisa Switkin, principal with James Corner Field Operations in New York, NY; Edwina von Gal, founder of Edwina von Gal + Co, East Hampton, NY; Annette Wilkus, FASLA, Site Works, New York, NY; Barbara Deutsch, FASLA, CEO of Landscape Architecture Foundation, Washington, D.C.; Billy Fleming, the Wilks Family Director of the Ian L. McHarg Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Miranda Massie, Director, The Climate Museum, New York, NY; and others. The daylong Oberlander Prize Forum will conclude with a reception that will offer symposium speakers and attendees a chance to mingle and exchange views on the day’s presentations.

This year marks the centennial of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote. To help celebrate that landmark in history, and to simultaneously shed light on at-risk landscapes created by, or associated with, pioneering women, TCLF will produce Landslide 2020: Women Who Shaped the American Landscape, a traveling photographic exhibition and associated website. The exhibition will debut at the Boston Architectural College on September 8, 2020. Another critically praised TCLF-organized exhibition, The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley, will be on view in two cities in Canada: Calgary, June 18 – July 17, and Edmonton, July 27 – August 27.

In September and October, TCLF will host What’s Out There Weekends featuring free, expert-led tours of publicly accessible landscapes in Boston (September 12-13) and Washington, D.C. (October 10-11). The events will bring to light the unique landscape legacy and local character of each city, defined by its parks, gardens, plazas, cemeteries, memorials, and neighborhoods. An extension of the What’s Out There database, What’s Out There Weekends draw people out into their communities to experience firsthand the landscapes that they pass every day but often overlook.

To kick off the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture 2020 in Miami, FL, TCLF will host a daylong excursion in Miami, on Thursday, October 1, 2020. If past is prologue, this event will sell out very, very quickly. Curated by TCLF Board member Raymond Jungles, FASLA, founding principal of the landscape architecture firm Raymond Jungles, Inc., the excursion will include expert-led tours of iconic sites in and around Miami, transportation, lunch, and the opportunity to socialize with landscape architects and garden enthusiasts. Sites included on the excursion will be announced, and tickets will go on sale in spring 2020.  

During the ASLA Conference, TCLF’s sixteenth annual silent auction will take place over two days and feature dozens of works of art created by landscape architects, architects, artists, photographers, and others. The event supports the Pioneers of American Landscape Design initiative, launched in 2003 in partnership with the ASLA, with the goal of documenting, collecting, and preserving the unique, firsthand perspectives of renowned landscape practitioners.

Finally, Walks & Talks, a project still in the works, will launch later this year. This program features walking tours in various cities led by notable practitioners, and its title is inspired by Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr.’s, influential nineteenth-century book, Walks and Talks of an American Farmer in England. Walks & Talks is also a prelude to the bicentennial celebration of Olmsted’s birth in 2022.

TCLF’s roster of programs would not be possible without the support of Season of Events sponsors ABC Stone, Bartlett Tree Experts, and Victor Stanley, and Annual Sponsor ASLA.


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