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.
Our Annual Meeting will commence at 7pm at the Riverside Township Hall. Following our business meeting, we will feature guest speaker Carey Lundin who produced the video, “Jens Jensen Legacy”.[Read more…]
It is time to renew your membership for 2014! If you are not yet a member you can join today online.[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…]
Thanks to all who made our 2013 Workdays a success! Look for our 2014 schedule early next year.[Read more…]
Thanks to all who joined us for our 2013 Walking Tours! Look for our 2014 schedule early next year.[Read more…]
Thanks to all the participants and congratulations to our 2013 winners![Read more…]
Such great before and after pictures of two beds our volunteers cleared and mulched on Saturday, August 3, 2013. Thank you all for making these beds look like a park.[Read more…]
Summer Newsletter released!
Check out the 2013 Summer Newsletter today and learn more about FLOS.
A big thank you to all tha helped at the Scout Cabin on Saturday, May 11, 2013 and make the 2013 Garlic Mustard Pull a success[Read more…]
Thanks to all who helped with FRED![Read more…]
Olmsted Society Members
Save 75% on 50/50 Tree Planting Program
Friday January 18, 2013 7:00PM Riverside Township Hall Meeting agenda included a review of 2012 activities and accomplishments, nominees for 2013 Officers and Board of Directors, and a lecture by Julia Bachrach who spoke to the recently released second edition of her book entitled “The City in a Garden: A History of Chicago’s Parks,” a […][Read more…]
On Wednesday, February 20 at 7pm in the Great Room of the Riverside Public Library, Guy Sternberg spoke on how trees will be affected by global warming and the associated increase in frequency of extreme droughts, flooding, and temperatures that are expected to occur in coming decades.[Read more…]
The Olmsted Society has partnered with the SCGA in support of their mission to identify, preserve and promote the resources of the Salt Creek Greenway. Take a moment to learn more of what the SCGA has to offer![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…]