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Join the nation in honoring the legacy of Fredrick Law Olmsted on his 200th anniversary.

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Audio Recordings


Steve Nelson-Vaux, Historian

About Frederick Law Olmsted

Steven Nelson-Vaux is an Iowa treasure, a virtual encyclopedia of history, stories and the quick mind to connect many elements of the history he knows together. His knowledge of Greater Des Moines history is a marvelous resource to all who connect with him. His volunteer work with the Des Moines Parks & Recreation Department is exemplary, and he leverages that knowledge in a conversation about the Des Moines Founders Garden Club's programming Mar 26-Apr 1, 'Olmsted 200 - Parks for All People."


Des Moines Founders Garden Club

Kathleen Jones, Jane Flanagan, Loulou Kane

The Des Moines Founders Garden Club prepares for their exceptional contribution to the sweeping national "Olmsted 200 Week" - the celebration of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted. This innovator founded the concept of landscape architecture, with one of his first projects the designing and creation of New York City's Central Park. The DMFGC has planned a week of engaging programs featuring two national presenters. Events are free. Listen as committee co-chairs Kathleen Jones, Jane Flanagan, and Loulou Kane provide insights and enticements into these events at the end of March.


Justin Martin, Author

Genius Of Place The Life Of Frederick Law Olmsted

Respected historian and author Justin Martin shares an in-depth conversation about the subject of one of his books, Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted. Truly a Renaissance man of the 1800s, Olmsted was the flash point and inspiration for many things we take for granted today, especially when it comes to public parks, such as Central Park in NYC.


Kirk Brown, Actor

200 Years Of Growing America For DMFounders Garden Club

Kirk Brown is a preeminent portrayer of Frederick Law Olmsted, and entertains and educates audiences of business owners, garden clubs, and history lovers with his energetic and passionate, horticulturally-related presentations. His personification of Frederick Law Olmsted is electrifying.


Olmsted 200 Week is presented by Des Moines Founders Garden Club in partnership with Des Moines Parks & Recreation, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines Public Library, and Des Moines Water Works Park.

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Explore the 2022 History Walks in Des Moines' oldest parks

Walk the trails in Des Moines' three oldest parks—Grandview, Union, and Greenwood—and learn about their early beginnings and stories.

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Landscapes For The Public Good at Water Works Park

Experience a special exhibition, which focuses on Olmsted’s life story, his major landscape commissions, and their relevance for contemporary society. Learn about Olmsted’s trailblazing philosophy about the natural world and how he shaped it for public benefit.


Olmsted 200 Week is presented by Des Moines Founders Garden Club in partnership with Des Moines Parks & Recreation, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines Public Library, and Des Moines Water Works Park.

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