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.
Winter Newsletter released!
Check out the 2017 Winter Newsletter today!
On Wednesday, March 8th at 7pm at the Riverside Public Library we hosted first in our Arboretum lecture series: “The Impacts of Exotic Species on Native Trees with Lydia Scott”. The presentation is now available for viewing on YouTube. Follow the link in the article.[Read more…]
Despite the prediction of cold weather 31 hearty volunteers helped remove
invasive shrubs and mulch large beds at the triangle at Longcommon and Downey Road.
Our 2017 Workdays Schedule is on line![Read more…]
Our 2017 Walking Tour schedule is now on line. Private tours are available by special request. New Special Tour pricing available.[Read more…]
Now is the time to renew your membership for 2017! If you are not yet a member you can join today online.[Read more…]
Picturing Riverside is a permanent exhibition about the many facets of a living landmark community. Inauguration: Riverside Railroad Station can be viewed by following the link in this article.[Read more…]
FLOS Annual Meeting was held at the Riverside Public Library on Friday, January 20. Lecture by Board Member Cathy Maloney is uploaded with link on website. Also news about our Spirit and Restoration Award winners.[Read more…]
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.[Read more…]
Several board members were interviewed by Sara Vacek for an RBTV informational spot on FLOS. It turned out very well. Check it out.[Read more…]
Poetry Reading Saturday, June 25, 2015 10:00 AM Brookfield Zoo Discovery Center Tto all who joined us Saturday, June 25 at 10 a.m. at the Discovery Center of the Brookfield Zoo for a special ceremony honoring those students who participated in the 2016 “Reflections on Riverside” poetry contest. The over-all winners […][Read more…]
Check out the pics from our final Workday of 2016![Read more…]
On Saturday, October 22, volunteers gathered along the Riverbank on Riverside Road to gather seeds from native grasses & sedges then distribute them to bare spots. We also removed buckthorn & daylily from the riverbank.[Read more…]
The Summer of 2016 was a great time to get out and about in Riverside! Here are some of the photos from the Workdays Crew this year.[Read more…]
FLOS has had a busy Spring! Read more and check out the Workday pics![Read more…]
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.[Read more…]
The Frederick Law Olmsted Society and the Riverside Public Library present a lecture on recently released book: Canada: Landscapes of Modernity by Riverside resident Michelangelo Sabatino & Rhodri Windsor Liscombe January 30th at 7pm at the Riverside Library.[Read more…]
Multiple Riverside landscape resources are available through our site. Please feel free to explore. Recently added are landscape plans from Olmsted member John Kunka.[Read more…]
Ben Cox, Friends of the Forest Preserves President, discusses invasive species at the Deer Grove East Forest Preserve in Palatine, IL[Read more…]
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