Laurel Hill Association to join National Celebration

This August, Laurel Hill Association will present special programs celebrating the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, the founder of American landscape architecture. Beginning in the late 1800’s, Olmsted’s firm designed parks and scenic settings throughout the United States and in the Berkshires.

“I am delighted to confirm that the President of the National Association of Olmsted Parks, Anne ‘Dede’ Petri, has agreed to be our keynote speaker for our Saturday, August 27 ceremony at 2 PM at Laurel Hill Park,” said Hilary Somers Deely, President of Laurel Hill Association.  “Dede is traveling across the United States as part of a national celebration, Olmsted 200. Environmental organizations, parks, and schools throughout the country are presenting programs that celebrate the enduring contributions of Frederick Law Olmsted to the American landscape.”

“Olmsted’s vision for landscape design can be seen throughout the Berkshires,” said Deely. “Signature properties such as Wheatleigh in Stockbridge, Elm Court  in Lenox, parks from the city of Dalton southward, all bear the Olmsted stamp.” Olmsted and his firm undertook projects across the United States, most notably Central Park in New York City. In the early 1900’s, the Olmsted firm was commissioned by the Laurel Hill Association to execute a plan for the landscaping around the iconic Stockbridge Station.

“This year we are having an exciting series of activities. On Friday August 26th at 5:30 PM in the Stockbridge Library we are planning a panel discussion  ‘Olmsted in the Berkshires.’  On Saturday morning, we’re putting together a bundle of activities for children, including games and other entertainment. The formal program begins at 2:00 PM.  The event is rain or shine, and we look forward to welcoming friends and neighbors to the rostrum in the park.”

Historic Stockbridge Train Station
Fredric Law Olmsted
Elm Court