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John Nolen: Olmsted Disciple

John Nolen was mentored by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. at Harvard, preparing the first biography of Olmsted Sr. for his honor’s thesis. The skill set Nolen learned at Harvard evolved over time. Both he and Olmsted Jr. defined a new vision of park design and city planning that they pioneered in Florida. Today their work inspires landscape architects and town planners across the state including Lake Wales, Winter Park, Orlando, and St. Petersburg. Registration required.

About the presenter: Bruce Stephenson is a consultant and a professor at Rollins College.  His 2015 biography, John Nolen, Landscape Architect and City Planner, won the JB Jackson book award. He latest book, Portland’s Good Life: Sustainability and Hope in an American City was issued by Rowman & Littlefield.  He also directs the landscape restoration of the Genius Preserve in Winter Park, which is modeled on Bok Tower Gardens.

Event Date & Time

Saturday, January 28, 2023
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


VC Theatre


Free for members/ Free with Admission for non-members
Registration required

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Please Note:

Ticket price includes general admission to the Gardens. Tickets are available for purchase at www.boktower.org, in person at the Visitor Center or by phone at 863-734-1222. All programs and classes promptly begin at stated time and visitors are encouraged to arrive at least 10 minutes before class begins for check-in. Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to the class start time. Culinary events are demonstration based and late arrivals may not be accommodated. For classes held after 5 pm, the entrance gate will stay open for an additional 30 minutes after the start time. Once the gate closes, late arrivals will not be admitted. Due to the nature of culinary events held at the Outdoor Kitchen, Bok Tower Garden may attempt, but cannot guarantee, to accommodate food allergies. Dogs are not permitted at any educational program.