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

Lecture: Zoo News

Lecture: Zoo News

Get the latest scoop on our neighbor, the Brookfield Zoo. Jennifer Baader, the zoo’s Vice President of Government Affairs, will acquaint us with the history of the zoo, animal conservation efforts, and what’s been happening lately with the mammals, reptiles, and other species that live there.

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Lecture:  Bird Friendly Gardens and Landscapes

Lecture: Bird Friendly Gardens and Landscapes

“A Bird’s Eye View of Riverside,” was a lecture and discussion on how to attract birds to your garden and landscape. The event was videotaped by Riverside TV and is available now for viewing.

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Landscape Workday, October 13

Landscape Workday, October 13

Possibility Place Nursery is partnering with the Village of Riverside and the Frederick Law Olmsted Society to raise awareness about oak trees in our community.

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Landscape Workdays

Landscape Workdays

Join us Saturday, October 13th for our next Workday at 9am at Riverside Road!

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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. Our final Tour of the year will be on October 28th.

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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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Lecture: What’s New (& Old) in the Cook County Forest Preserves

Lecture: What’s New (& Old) in the Cook County Forest Preserves

In this talk, Elsa Anderson, a Stewardship Program Aide with the Cook County Forest Preserves, took us through the history of the Forest Preserves and some of the natural treasures found in the preserves today. Video link provided by Riverside TV is now available.

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Landscape Workday:  July 14th

Landscape Workday: July 14th

When is a rose bed not a rose bed? When it is hidden by weeds.

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June Workdays 2018

June Workdays 2018

Over two very hot, sticky and muggy 90 degree Saturdays in June, Landscape volunteers and the Village Forester partnered together to mulch the beds and trees along Longcommon Road in Big Ball Park.

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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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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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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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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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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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Landscape Workday:  May 12, 2018

Landscape Workday: May 12, 2018

The storms that were predicted stayed away on our workday alongside Riverside Road, Saturday, May 12, 2018. Our volunteers cleared invasive plants along the river.

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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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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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Newsletters

Newsletters

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

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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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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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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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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 2018

Hop Stop 2018

Riverside Foods, the Riverside Arts Center (RAC), and the Olmsted Society are partnered to bring you the 2018 HopStop craft beer festival and art auction.

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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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