Landscape Architecture of Frederick Law Olmsted to be Celebrated

Madison, NJ (October 4, 2004) — The landscape architecture of Frederick Law Olmsted is the focus of a lecture, a dedication and a photography exhibit on Sunday, October 24 at 3 p.m. at the Library of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham, Madison, NJ. It is sponsored by Friends of Florham.

Marta McDowell, specialist in historic landscapes, will offer her overview of Olmsted in a presentation “Frederick Law Olmsted: Estates, Parks, Campuses, and Communities: A brief survey of the life, work, and influence of the man who invented the practice of landscape architecture in the United States.”

The photography exhibit in the Library gallery showcases the outstanding Frederick Law Olmsted Cut Leaf Maple Garden, just steps from the Library and sure to be in full fall colors. The Friends will dedicate the Garden and offer a brief tour of the area. It has been called “probably the most outstanding ‘forest’ of Japanese cut leaf maples in the world.”

Marta McDowell teaches landscape history at the New York Botanical Garden and Drew University, and works in the restored gardens at the Reeves Reed Arboretum in summit. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, New Jersey Monthly and Fine Gardening. Her book, “Emily Dickinson’s Gardens” will be published by McGraw Hill in November 2004.

The Friends of Florham invites the public to attend this free event and enjoy a reception following the presentations.

The Friends of Florham is a University organization of committed and enthusiastic area residents whose goal is to assist the University in preserving and restoring the historically important buildings and grounds of the College at Florham.

For more information on the October 24 event, call 973 443 8515.

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