Olmsted Celebration

Where nature meets community in Parks for People programs at Village

A year of Olmsted celebrations

Village joins other GCA garden clubs to mark Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr.’s 200th birthday with a focus on the importance of parks and open spaces in our communities with a new initiative called Parks: Where Nature Meets Community. Garden clubs across the nation are presented with the unprecedented opportunity to tie the current needs of their communities to Olmsted’s revolutionary work in parks and public landscapes with club projects.

VGC has a full lineup of projects and speakers to educate club members and the community about Olmsted’s work and lasting legacy. Our festivities begin with honorary member and nationally recognized Olmsted expert Susan M. Rademacher, and the grand opening of a historic trail linking a gilded age estate to its former farm. 

Rademacher is a leader in Parks Conservancy with a history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. Skilled in cultural landscape preservation, sustainable design, park development and management, community engagement, organizational leadership, nonfiction and proposal writing, public speaking and fundraising.

A year of Olmsted Celebration events include Olmsted themed educational community outreach:

Educational displays in the showcases at Sewickley Public Library.

Themed story walk of the book “A Green Place to Be and a gallery walk of student artwork at Fern Hollow Nature Center. Created with partners Sewickley Public Library and Quaker Valley Elementary Schools.

Children’s make and take Olmsted themed art project…a diorama of a dream park at the Sewickley Public Library.

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