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

Newsletters

Newsletters

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

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Lecture – Gardens of China

Lecture – Gardens of China

Frederick Law Olmsted Society’s FRED Program and Riverside Public Library Present: GARDENS OF CHINA WITH RON HENDERSON on Wednesday, December 7, 7 pm The Great Room.

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Final Workday 2016!

Final Workday 2016!

Check out the pics from our final Workday of 2016!

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Fall Plantings – October 22nd

Fall Plantings – October 22nd

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.

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Workdays – Summer Sum UP with Pics!

Workdays – Summer Sum UP with Pics!

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.

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Double Duty April/May Workdays!

Double Duty April/May Workdays!

FLOS has had a busy Spring! Read more and check out the Workday pics!

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Lecture – Riverside, Graceland Cemetery and William LeBaron Jenney

Lecture – Riverside, Graceland Cemetery and William LeBaron Jenney

The lecture, “Riverside, Graceland and William LeBaron Jenney scheduled for Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016, has been cancelled.

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Historic Walking Tours

Historic Walking Tours

Our 2016 Walking Tour schedule is now over. Private tours are still available by special request. New Special Tour pricing available.

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Lecture – Giants in the Park

Lecture – Giants in the Park

The Olmsted Society and the Riverside Public Library bring you author Krista August on Wedneday, August 3rd to discuss her new release “Giants in the Park: A Guide to Portrait Statues in Chicago’s Lincoln Park”.

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2016 Reflections on Riverside Poetry Winners

2016 Reflections on Riverside Poetry Winners

  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 […]

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Membership

Membership

Look for 2017 renewal information soon! If you are not yet a member you can join today online.

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Landscape Workdays

Landscape Workdays

Our 2016 Workdays Schedule has come to an end!

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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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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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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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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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