Welcome to The Frederick Law Olmsted Society

In 1868, landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and his partner, Calvert Vaux, were commissioned to plan a unique community just west of Chicago, Illinois. The result was Riverside, a beautiful community along the Des Plaines River, complete with curving lanes, abundant greenery, and gas street lights. One hundred years later, the Frederick Law Olmsted Society of Riverside was formed.

 

In 1970, Riverside was named a National Historic Landscape District.

 

Latest News

FLOS Lecture:  Rethinking Your Lawn

FLOS Lecture: Rethinking Your Lawn

Join us on Wednesday, May 11th in the Great Room of the Riverside Library for a lecture co-sponsored by the Riverside Library and the Frederick Law Olmsted Society

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Hop Stop 2016

Hop Stop 2016

Sample offerings from micro-local craft brewers such as Brickstone, Lake Effect, BuckleDown, Miskatonic, Hailstorm Brewing, and Riverside’s own Quincy Street Distilling, among others, Saturday, September 24, 2016, 4 to 7 pm at the Riverside Train Station, Riverside, IL.

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Reflections on Riverside

Reflections on Riverside

Student entries welcome for the 2016 Reflections on Riverside Poetry and Imagery contests.

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Landscape Workdays

Landscape Workdays

Our 2016 Workdays Schedule has been released! Please join us at Scout Cabin from 9a – noon on Saturday, April 23rd for the Annual Garlic Mustard Pull!

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Historic Walking Tours

Historic Walking Tours

Our 2016 Walking Tour schedule is now on-line. Private tours are available by special request. New Special Tour pricing available.

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Lecture – Backyard Beekeeping

Lecture – Backyard Beekeeping

The Olmsted Society, in cooperation with the Riverside Public Library presented a lecture by Marcin Mateleski titled, “Outdoor Beekeeping” at 7pm on March 16 at the Library. The taped lecture is available in this article.

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Membership

Membership

It is time to renew your membership for 2015! If you are not yet a member you can join today online.

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Newsletters

Newsletters

Winter Newsletter released!
Check out the 2016 Winter Newsletter today!

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FLOS Video on RBTV

FLOS Video on RBTV

Several board members were interviewed by Sara Vacek for an RBTV informational spot on FLOS. It turned out very well. Check it out.

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Annual Meeting January 22, 2016

Annual Meeting January 22, 2016

Our Annual Meeting was held January 22, 2016 in the Great Room of the Riverside Public Library. Event highlights inside including video link to the wonderful lecture by James Patchett.

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Lecture:  Undamming the Des Plaines

Lecture: Undamming the Des Plaines

Steve Pescitelli, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Stream Specialist,shared the latest river monitoring results in order to show the contrast between the “before” and “after” of dam removal. If you missed the lecture, a copy of the presentation is available for review.

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2015 Reflections on Riverside Poetry Winners

2015 Reflections on Riverside Poetry Winners

2015 Poetry Contest winners are announced!

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Landscape Resources

Landscape Resources

Multiple Riverside landscape resources are available through our site. Please feel free to explore. Recently added are landscape plans from Olmsted member John Kunka.

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Invasion of the Land Snatchers

Invasion of the Land Snatchers

Ben Cox, Friends of the Forest Preserves President, discusses invasive species at the Deer Grove East Forest Preserve in Palatine, IL

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50/50 Tree Planting Program

50/50 Tree Planting Program

Olmsted Society Members
Save 75% on 50/50 Tree Planting Program

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