Join me on Wednesday, August 3 at 11:10 a.m. at Lockwood Farm in Hamden, Connecticut as I deliver the keynote Samuel W. Johnson Memorial Lecture at the 106th annual Plant Science Day held by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. I'll use verbal and pictorial imagery to recount the fascinating story of Frederick Law Olmsted, America's "father of landscape architecture." Hartford born in 1822, he designed major parks in New York (Central and Prospect Parks), Boston, Washington D.C., and outdoor treasures in many other cities. Among his Connecticut designs are Seaside and Beardsley Parks in Bridgeport, Walnut Hill in New Britain, and the Institute of Living campus in Hartford. Learn how his formative years in his native state influenced his brilliantly executed and far-seeing designs. Discover how his careful use of plant materials transformed waste places into oases of psychological and physical healing. No one calling Connecticut home should be surprised at feeling some nostalgia while walking through an Olmsted park, however far away. Discover how this master park maker used vegetation to create a sense of nature in the densest urban areas, and why his designs are enduring a century-and-a-half later. Come to Lockwood Farm one day and tread in the great man's footsteps the next!
Plant Science Day is an opportunity to hear fascinating presentations on cutting edge research into issues about plants and insects that impact us all. There are also displays, demonstrations, 83 field plots to view, plant and insect identification, and plant disease diagnoses. If you are at all interested in nature and the environment Plant Science Day is the place to be. Located at 890 Evergreen Avenue in Hamden, Connecticut, Lockwood Farm is a beautiful spot to spend time on a summer day. Gates open at 9:30. For more go to http://www.ct.gov/caes/cwp/view.asp?a=2824&Q=581386&PM=1