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.
On Saturday, October 25, 2014 our landscape workday volunteers cleared invasives from the riverbank starting at Gage Road and heading toward the swinging bridge. We cleared about 50 feet and opened up the view of the river. Thanks to Riverside Public Works, our volunteers were able to remove and chip 2 truckloads of buckthorn and […][Read more…]
Our next workday will be October 25th along Riverside Road. Please help us to beautify our green spaces.[Read more…]
Fall Newsletter released!
Check out the 2014 Fall Newsletter today and learn more about FLOS.
Our next Walking Tour will head South on October 26th. Advanced ticket sales are now available on our Walking Tours homepage.[Read more…]
It is time to renew your membership for 2015! If you are not yet a member you can join today online.[Read more…]
2014 Poetry and Imagery Contests winners to be announced at year end ceremonies at participating schools.[Read more…]
Thank you to all who participated in Housewalk 2014: Sustainability: Then & Now![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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