You're all invited to "Olmsted Lives!" a one-man show about the life and work of Frederick Law Olmsted. Instead of the usual lecture, this year's NPA memorial event honoring Kevin Nicolay will be a dramatization about the designer of Central Park, a man considered to be the father of landscape architecture.
The show features Kirk R. Brown, who lives and gardens near Allentown, Pennsylvania. Mr. Brown is a landscape designer, teacher and lecturer. He's also been involved in the stage arts for years. His passions have finally converged with his portrayals of John Bartram ("The King's Gardener") and of Frederick Law Olmsted in "Olmsted Lives!".
The relevance for us here in Seattle? The Olmsted firm, led by Frederick's son John, greatly influenced the look and feel of our city. They designed or recommended 68 parks and 18 boulevards for Seattle. Seventeen of these parks and fourteen of the boulevards were actually built, including such city-defining green spaces as Volunteer, Ravenna, Green Lake and Woodland parks, as well as the elegant boulevard system that runs 22 miles (with a couple of gaps) between Seward Park at the south end of Lake Washington and Discovery Park on the shores of Puget Sound.
WHEN: Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 1:00pm
(doors open at noon for plant and seed sales)
WHERE: Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st Street
Seattle, WA 98105
NPA members $5, non-members $10 at the door.