Four LALH Authors Featured in MW Landscape + Outdoor Living Program

The American Garden at Midcentury

In the 1930s, American landscape architects began experimenting with designs that would give their clients easy access to outdoor spaces where they could relax and socialize informally. Especially in California, these designs served as extensions of interior spaces. LALH associate director Jonathan D. Lippincott will discuss the iconic gardens of several influential practitioners of the midcentury modern period, including Thomas Church, Ruth Shelhorn, Garrett Eckbo, and Dan Kiley.

February 16 / 10:30 a.m.

Robert Royston

Robert Royston was one of America’s most distinguished landscape architects during the postwar period. His design work and teaching helped define and establish California landscape modernism. Landscape architect JC Miller will present Royston’s work with an emphasis on his residential projects, including his final commission for Brent R. Harris. Miller worked directly with Royston on the project and has continued collaborating with the owners through the years.

February 16 / 2 p.m.

Robert Royston in Palm Springs

A book signing, garden tour, and conversation between JC Miller and garden owner Brent R. Harris about Royston’s final project, an ingenious modernist garden that responds to the distinctive architecture of two important midcentury houses in Palm Springs. The conversation will be facilitated by Robin Karson and Jonathan Lippincott. A copy of just-published Robert Royston by JC Miller and Reuben M. Rainey will be included with admission.

February 16 / 4 p.m.

Lockwood de Forest Jr., Santa Barbara Proto-Modernist

During his all-too-brief career, Lockwood de Forest Jr. experimented with an astonishing range of design ideas in both his gardens and his buildings. Had he lived longer, he almost certainly would have been one of the leaders of the modernist movement in Southern California. In her discussion of his work, LALH executive director Robin Karson, Hon. ASLA, will focus on de Forest’s1926 design for his own house and garden in Santa Barbara, which has recently undergone extensive restoration.

February 17 / 9 a.m.

Welton Becket & Ruth Shellhorn: The Commercial & Retail Projects

LALH author Kelly Comras, FASLA, explores the collaboration of architect Welton Becket and landscape architect Ruth Shellhorn on fifteen projects that helped put postwar Los Angeles on the map. A book signing of Comras’s Ruth Shellhorn will follow.

February 17 / 10:30 a.m.

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