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

Membership

Membership

It is time to renew your membership for 2014! If you are not yet a member you can join today online.

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April 5th, 2014 Workday

April 5th, 2014 Workday

Photos from the Swan Pond Workday

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Reflections on Riverside

Reflections on Riverside

2014 Poetry and Imagery Contests
Entries sought through April 18.

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GOATS DO ROAM – INSIGHTS INTO GOATS AND LANDSCAPING

GOATS DO ROAM – INSIGHTS INTO GOATS AND LANDSCAPING

On Wednesday, May 14th, Kim Hunter, proprietor of The Green Goats, will speak regarding the use of goats in environmentally healthy landscape care.

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Housewalk 2014:  SUSTAINABILITY:  THEN & NOW

Housewalk 2014: SUSTAINABILITY: THEN & NOW

Tour 6 unique Riverside homes from the Victorian Age to contemporary Green-Build…all timeless through materials and design. Learn how solar, geothermal, rain water management and other home improvement choices can increase your home’s vitality.

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Landscape Workdays

Landscape Workdays

The 2014 Workday schedule has been released! Please help us to beautify our green spaces.

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Historic Walking Tours

Historic Walking Tours

The 2014 Walking Tours schedule has been released!

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Newsletters

Newsletters

Spring Newsletter released!
Check out the 2014 Spring Newsletter today and learn more about FLOS.

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Riverside:  Comprehensive Sewer Study

Riverside: Comprehensive Sewer Study

Riverside Director of Public Works Ed Bailey and Village Engineer Orion Galey presented the Comprehensive Sewer Study for Riverside at the Riverside Public Library on March 19th at 7pm.

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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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Riverside Cruise Nights

Riverside Cruise Nights

The Olmsted Society will be participating in the Riverside Cruise Nights this summer. Stop by June 12th and say hi!

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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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