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Landscape Architects Donate Services for Olmsted200 Week in Des Moines

Located near the Lauridsen Amphitheater, the exhibit will remain open to the public through the end of the year.

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April 26, 2022 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, founder of American landscape architecture, advocate for the civic value of planned green space, and most famously designer of Central park in New York City.

As part of Olmsted200 Week in Des Moines last month, Shive-Hattery partnered with the Des Moines Founders Garden Club, Water Works Park Foundation, Great Outdoors Foundation, and the Iowa Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects to bring the exhibit ‘Frederick Law Olmsted: Landscapes for the Public Good’ to Water Works park in Des Moines.

The installation features interpretive panels exploring the many facets of Olmsted’s life and legacy on our profession and the modern urban landscape.

Shive-Hattery provided graphic design, cost estimating, printing coordination, and developed the sign mounting, helped to assemble signs, and install the exhibit.

Many of our landscape architecture group participated in the pro-bono effort, including family members who also lent a hand in fabricating and delivering signposts to the site.

Please visit to learn more about local and national events celebrating 200 years of FLO.