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

Cake and Catalpas

Cake and Catalpas

On Friday, April 27th we celebrated Frederick Law Olmsted’s birthday with a tour of the Riverside Arboretum and cake in Guthrie Park.

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RB Day of Service 2018

RB Day of Service 2018

April 28th was RB Day of Service and 24 hearty High School students joined 15 volunteers and Michael Collins, Riverside Forester, and Village staff who planted 25 trees and shrubs in the public lands around the Scout Cabin on Bloomingbank Road.

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Take Your Best Shot!  Naturally Riverside Photo Contest

Take Your Best Shot! Naturally Riverside Photo Contest

FLOS is sponsoring “Naturally Riverside,” a garden photo contest open to all! Spring is (really) coming, so get your iPhones or other cameras ready.

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Landscape Workday:  Prescribed Burns in Riverside

Landscape Workday: Prescribed Burns in Riverside

Trained FLOS Members assisted Michael Collins, Village Forester, and Public Works employees in performing prescribed burns on March 22 and 23, 2018.

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Newsletters

Newsletters

Spring Newsletter released!
Check out the 2018 Spring Newsletter today!

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Landscape Workdays

Landscape Workdays

Join us Saturday, May 12th for our next Workday at 9am at Riverside Road!

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Membership

Membership

Now is the time to renew your membership for 2018! If you are not yet a member you can join today online.

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Annual Meeting January 19, 2018

Annual Meeting January 19, 2018

This year, 2018, marks the Frederick Law Olmsted Society’s 50th Anniversary. The Kickoff to their Golden Jubilee began at the Annual Meeting held on January 19, in the historic Riverside Train Depot, attended by a standing-room only crowd.

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Landscape Workday:  March 17, 2018

Landscape Workday: March 17, 2018

On March 17th we celebrated with a Workday in the Harrington Park and special green cookies!

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Reflections on Riverside

Reflections on Riverside

Student entries are in for the 2018 Reflections on Riverside Poetry Contest! Results to come at the end of the school year.

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Historic Walking Tours

Historic Walking Tours

Our 2018 Walking Tour schedule is now available! Private Tours are always available by request.

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Happy 50th Anniversary Frederick Law Olmsted Society!

Happy 50th Anniversary Frederick Law Olmsted Society!

To celebrate our Golden Jubilee, we plan to plant 50 trees during several workday in 2017 and 2018. The first 15 trees were planted at our workday on April 29, 2017 in Indian Gardens.

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Lecture: How Zero Waste Can Become a Reality

Lecture: How Zero Waste Can Become a Reality

Stephanie Katsaros, an environmental advocate and president of Bright Beat, will talk about her work with municipalities, businesses, and other organizations to come up with strategies to conserve resources and reduce waste.

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FLOS Theater Outing:  Burnham’s Dream

FLOS Theater Outing: Burnham’s Dream

The Frederick Law Olmsted Society of Riversidewill visit: Burnham’s Dream.

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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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Lecture: Restoring Wright Buildings to their Rightful Brilliance

Lecture: Restoring Wright Buildings to their Rightful Brilliance

Gunny Harboe, the renowned head of Harboe Architects, gave an inside view of the processes used in the restoration of two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s gems. Link to video is available inside.

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Lecture:  Salt Creek Greenway Development and Future Connection with Centennial Trail

Lecture: Salt Creek Greenway Development and Future Connection with Centennial Trail

Free Public Lecture! Thursday, November 9, 2017, 7:00 pm
Imperial Oak Brewing, 501 Willow Blvd., Willow Springs, IL

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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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Landscape Workday:  September 30, 2017

Landscape Workday: September 30, 2017

Thanks to a beautiful day and 12 volunteers, along with Village Forester Michael Collins and Village staff, we planted 6 swamp white oak and 4 pecan trees in Indian Gardens to commemorate Olmsted Society’s Golden Anniversary.

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Lecture:  Bird Friendly Gardens and Landscapes

Lecture: Bird Friendly Gardens and Landscapes

“A Bird’s Eye View of Riverside,” is a lecture and discussion on how to attract birds to your garden and landscape. CURRENTLY POSTPONED FOR A FUTURE DATE.

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FLOS Workdays – September 9 & 16

FLOS Workdays – September 9 & 16

On two workdays, September 9th and September 16th, we had 22 volunteers
plant sedge and grass plugs on the riverbank.

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Hop Stop 2017

Hop Stop 2017

Tickets for Hop Stop 2017 on Saturday September 30th, 4-7pm at the Riverside Train Depot are now SOLD OUT.

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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 late 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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