Garden Dialogues 2018: Lake Forest, IL

Registration Eligibility
Open to landscape architecture professionals, allied designers, and the general public.
Start Date
07/21/2018
End Date
07/21/2018
Description
Built for successful Chicago commodities trader Henry Rumsey in 1911-1912, the historic, eight-acre Rumsey Estate boasted gardens designed by famed landscape architect Jens Jensen, the founder of the Prairie Style. The English Manor home was designed by renowned architect Charles Coolidge (of the Boston-based firm Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge), who also designed Stanford University (1891), the Chicago Public Library (1893), and the Art Institute of Chicago (1896).

After the Rumsey’s moved to Chicago in the late 1920s, the estate changed hands several times. The current owners have begun an extensive restoration of the property that is sensitive to its history. Kettelkamp & Kettelkamp, landscape architects, redeveloped the gardens and parts of the ravine—a defining feature of the landscape—being respectful of the original Jensen design yet mindful of the property’s evolution.

The landscape immediately adjacent to the house and swimming pool reflects the wild, untamed quality of the English Picturesque style. This area includes the parterre gardens, lawn, perennial border, koi pond, viewing circle, and spa grotto. The woodland periphery of the estate evokes the naturalistic themes introduced by Jensen in several places, including the Front Woodlands, a collection of native trees, shrubs and perennials; the Mayflower Ravine, with a signature Jensen ‘council ring’ and indigenous ravine plants; and the meadow (called the “The Clearing”), carpeted in native sedge grasses and prairie perennials.

The tour will begin under a patio tent with the owner giving an overview of the estate’s design. Landscape architects Ryan Kettelkamp and David Lawrie (of Kettlekamp and Kettlekamp) will discuss Jens Jensen and interpreting his landscape. Project arborist David Story, of Bartlett Tree Experts, will describe the extensive tree work, and landscape architect Steve Fiore, of Rocco Fiore & Sons, will explain the landscape construction. After some Q&A, the practitioners involved in the project (Ryan Kettelkamp, David Lawrie, Rocco Fiore, and Steve Fiore) will lead small groups through the gardens and ravine.

2.5 LA CES™ Professional development hours will be available to attendees, upon approval.
Location
Lake Forest, IL
Distance Learning
No
Course Equivalency
No
Subjects
Design-Build
Horticulture / Plants
Project Management
Residential Design
Site Planning
Health, Safety and Welfare
Yes
Hours
2.50
Learning Outcomes
1. Learn how successful landscape architects collaborate with their clients to identify and meet their needs.
2. Learn about the design process for developing the landscape and the planting plan.
3. Learn about appropriate plant selection for landscapes in this region and zone.
Instructors
Rocco Fiore, ASLA
Website Registration
Course Codes
Provider
The Cultural Landscape Foundation


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