#GWA2017 Tours | Sunday, August 6
Story Tour: Olmsted/Wright/Richardson Horticultural Heritage Tour
Sunday, August 6, 12:30PM - 4:30PM
Visitors to Buffalo soon become aware of the landscape architectural influence of Frederic Law Olmsted and Frank Lloyd Wright. This tour provides garden writers with a story-worthy perspective and unique access to three destination sites with a focus on their horticultural connections. Each visit will last approximately 50 minutes, led by expert docents.
Buffalo Olmsted Park: Rose Garden, Japenese Garden, Hoyt Lake
Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903)--considered America’s greatest landscape architect—designed a system of parks and parkways in Buffalo that were the first of the kind in the country with six parks and connecting parkways and circles (National Register of Historic Places). Tour will focus on the largest park central to Buffalo and the museum district: Delaware Park, which includes Hoyt Lake, site of Shakespeare in the Park, and the scenic Rose Garden (behind the Albricht-Knox Art Gallery). The Japanese garden, visible from the rose garden, is across Hoyt Lake (behind Buffalo History Museum) will be toured separately.
Frank Llyod Wright's Darwin Martin House
Discover an integrated landscape: The Darwin Martin House and landscape is a prairie style masterpiece of “organic architecture” designed by FLW for Darwin Martin in 1905. The unified composition includes the site, the house, the incredible interior detailing, and a landscape with outdoor spaces and numerous planters, keeping you in touch with the natural world at every turn. Visitors will learn about the Martins’ passion for flowers and horticulture and the historic landscape restoration plans from MH horticulturist Nell Gardner. (Walking tours, with terrific gift shop included).
The Richardson Olmsted Complex
One of Buffalo’s most iconic buildings and a National Historic Landmark, the 145-year-old Richardson Olmsted Campus, is being renewed after years of neglect. Designed by one of America's premier architects, Henry Hobson Richardson, in concert with the famed landscape team of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the building was completed in the late 1800s as the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane.
Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Garden
One of the only two remaining Lord & Burnham glass-house conservatories, the Victorian-style botanical garden is located on another Olmsted park and arboretum. Horticulture treasures from around the world may be viewed in the conservatory, including the cactus/succulent house, orchid house, palm house, and orangerie.