Olmsted 200 Seed Collection Events

Our final Olmsted 200 Seed Hunt of the year will take place Saturday, October 23 at 9:00 a.m. along Riverside Road. The seeds we collect may be incorporated into a sizeable, museum-quality, Olmsted 200 Botanical Box, to be gifted to the Riverside Public Library to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Olmsted’s birth in 2022.

Our guest nature guides this month are award-winning garden designers Roy Diblik and Annamaria Leon.

Diblik, plant expert and co-owner of the Northwind Perennial Farm in Burlington, WI grew all of the plants for Piet Odlof’s design of Lurie Garden. He is the author of the Know Maintenance Perennial Garden, and his designs include the gardens at Shedd Aquarium, the Chicago History Museum, and the butterfly garden at our very own Riverside Public Library.

Leon is a certified permaculture designer and teacher. She is the co-owner of Homan Grown, a perennial plant nursery, and Love Blooms Here, a cut flower farm. Both are located in North Lawndale. Come spring, she revels in her backyard forest garden, which she shares with a multitude of birds, bees and butterflies.

Though free of charge, advance registration is required. We will also be planting a tree in honor of long-time Olmsted Society volunteer Mark Ross. Please RSVP here:

Olmsted 200 Sign Up Genius

Smaller versions of the Olmsted 200 Botanical Box may be commissioned through the artist’s website, www.shilinhora.com as part of our Olmsted 200 fundraising efforts. Only a limited quantity (60) of these commemorative boxes will be made. They make incredibly meaningful gifts for those who love Riverside and all of its natural beauty.