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June 15, 2021

Frederick Law Olmsted — Hartford’s Native Son

Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., considered by many to be the father of American landscape architecture, championed parks and open spaces with a vision that still resonates today. He understood their link to the health of our communities and cities and was exceptionally prescient given the era in which he was born. The 200th anniversary of his birth on April 26, 1822, will mark an opportunity to celebrate Olmsted and all of those influenced by him who contributed to our American life and culture. 

The Garden Club of America (GCA) is a proud founding partner of the Olmsted 200 bicentennial celebration. As part of a new initiative called Parks: Where Nature Meets Community, GCA member clubs will mark Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr.’s 200th birthday with a focus on the importance of parks and open spaces in our communities. Clubs across the nation will be presented with the unprecedented opportunity to tie the current needs of their communities to Olmsted’s revolutionary work in parks and public landscapes with a club project. Discovering ideas for civic improvement projects benefiting local communities will make all 199 GCA clubs powerful supporters of our public spaces.

Enjoy the GCA's video tour of Hartford, Connecticut’s impressive parks and learn about Hartford’s native son, Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. 


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