Suffield Garden Club Celebrates the Legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted

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The Suffield Garden Club will present “Then & Now: The Importance and Relevance of Frederic Law Olmsted” by Leslie Martino at 6:30 p.m. on November 7 at the Kent Memorial Library. Martino, a landscape designer and historian, will help us celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, considered the father of American landscape architecture.

Olmsted’s designs provided an opportunity for people to interact with nature as well as other people. He understood the impact a designed green space had on people’s social, mental and physical health when he began designing public parks. The Garden Club is especially pleased to present this program as they work with landscape architects to create a plan for the Suffield Tree Committee to use as it works to rebuild the tree canopy of the Town Greens and along Suffield’s designated scenic highway.

Martino will share the relevancy of Olmsted’s design principles and our interest in public green spaces by looking at Olmsted’s parks, the newest trends in public green spaces and their role in our lives.

For this program, please register on the Kent Memorial Library website.

The Suffield Garden Club, organized in 1934, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the beautification of Suffield. Visit

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