This past Wednesday, October 19th, a special reception was hosted as the kickoff event for the two-day Olmsted symposium being held at Planting Fields. The event featured a keynote presentation by John Dixon Hunt, Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture at University of Pennsylvania, an expert on garden history and theory.
The reception was graciously hosted by Claudio and Debra Del Vecchio in their Olmsted Brothers designed estate, La Selva. In attendance were John Reddick of Central Park Conservancy, Dede Petri of NAOP, NY State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid, and Kathryn Curran, Executive Director of the Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation. Welcoming remarks and notes of thanks were shared by Gina Wouters, President and CEO of Planting Fields Foundation, and Hal Davidson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Planting Fields.
To celebrate Olmsted 200, a nation-wide commemoration of the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted Sr., father of American Landscape Architecture, Planting Fields Foundation is hosting a week of scholarship, community, and programming that will celebrate both the Olmsted legacy and the central contributions made by the Olmsted Brothers firm at this site in the first half of the twentieth century, which continue to shape Planting Fields today.