World’s Fair Gardens

How the Great World’s Fairs Changed American public green space and private backyards

Cathy Maloney

Cathy Maloney

Sunday December 9th, 20122:00PM

Riverside Public Library


Popular speaker and Riverside author Cathy Maloney will present an engaging overview of the groundbreaking gardens and landscapes of the major World’s Fairs in the U.S. Using images from her extensive research, Maloney will show how the horticultural innovations and landscapes of World’s Fairs affect how we garden and enjoy our public spaces today.

Long after the Ferris Wheels and Trylons were dismantled, many of our major urban parks retain legacies of World’s Fair gardens: from Philadelphia’s 1876 Centennial Exhibition through Olmsted’s masterpiece at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition to the 1940 World’s Fair of Tomorrow in New York.

World’s Fair Gardens will be available for purchase in the days before and after the presentation. Complete with more than 50 color and 70 black and white illustrations, the book has received praise from scholars and garden enthusiasts alike. $30 Cash or check only. Makes a great Gift!

Cathy Jean Maloney, Senior Editor at Chicagoland Gardening magazine, is the author of The Prairie Club of Chicago, The Gardener’s Cottage in Riverside, Illinois, and Chicago Gardens: The Early History.

This program is co-sponsored by the Frederick Law Olmsted Society
and the Riverside Public Library.

Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, Riverside, IL 708-442-6366 or