The series will feature a variety of speakers exploring topics pertaining to the practice of landscape architecture. Its goal is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas that support and enrich practitioners’ experience.
April 3, 2013
On April 3, Dave Snyder of the Chicago Rarities Orchard Project (CROP) presented the most recent installment of The Bartlett Seminars, sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts. The event was not only educational but charitable as well, raising $125 in support of the nonprofit CROP.
The CTA Blue Line runs right through the site. But as CROP’s Dave Snyder sees it, the highly visible intersection of Milwaukee Avenue and Logan Boulevard, in Logan Square, is the ideal place to plant the nonprofit’s first fruit orchard. All the foot traffic from the nearby farmer’s market will mean plenty of opportunities to educate residents about crop diversity.
If all goes as planned CROP and its partners will plant 70 fruit trees representing 30 varieties this fall. Before that will be construction of the site. The design, by Altamanu, features a plaza with a decorative timeline of the history of Logan Square and the site, a curved wooden sculptural fence that serves as a versatile backdrop for the plaza, curved wooden benches and more.
It will be years before the site produces fruit. But when it does half will go to local food pantries, schools, religious congregations and other nonprofits. The balance will be used for apple-based events and other outreach and educational programs.
Learn more about CROP at www.chicagorarities.org.
November 15, 2012
Photo caption: New parks will be access points to the Bloomingdale Trail.
“The Bloomingdale: Tracking Progress on Chicago’s Next Great Park,” presented by Beth White, director of the Chicago Area Office of the Trust for Public Land, and Ben Helphand, president, Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail and executive director of NeighborSpace.
June 28, 2012
“Trees as a Legacy in Design & Development.” a symposium presented by the Chicago Botanic Garden, featured keynote speaker, Peter Walker, FASLA, that explored trees as a legacy in design and development.
April 12, 2012
Barbara Geiger author of Low-Key Genius:
The Life and Work of Landscape-Gardener O.C. Simonds
We celebrated Landscape Architecture Month and learned how Chicago landscape-gardener—and early Cliff Dwellers member—O.C. Simonds (1855-1931) became a seminal figure in the naturalistic landscape movement as a designer, author, and teacher.
If you would like to learn more about these education seminars, please contact our Education Committee.