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Central Park, Prospect Park, and Boston’s Emerald Necklace are popular today because of the way Frederick Law Olmsted designed them. He believed in the wonder of nature as a remedy to the stress of urban life. He also believed in free access for all. In this year, the 200th anniversary of his birth, discover the trademarks of Olmsted’s design and see how these are enjoyed today.
About Roxanne Zimmer
Roxanne Zimmer, Ph.D., has been spreading the word about best garden practices for many years. In her Community Horticulture role at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Suffolk County, NY, Roxanne speaks to school and community groups about why we should be reducing lawns, planting natives and more vegetables. She trains Master Gardeners and recently launched The Joy of Gardening, an online gardening course for those who want to become better home gardeners.
The Olmsted designed parks that one can visit using the Trustees of the Reservation pass includes: World’s End, Moraine Farm, William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Rocky Narrows, Holmes Reservation, Naumkeag, Castle Hill on the Crane Estate. Olmsted also designed many academic and college campuses in Massachusetts including: Wellesley College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke and Philips Academy.
In collaboration with Ashland Public Library, Belmont Public Library, Franklin Public Library, Hopkinton Public Library, Lucius Beebe Memorial Library (Wakefield), Cary Memorial Library (Lexington), Newton Free Library, Tewksbury Public Library.