VHF’s Evening Lectures series offers illustrated lectures that look at the history of Vancouver, covering the events, movements and people that have shaped our city. The talks are co-hosted by Vancouver Heritage Foundation and event partner, the Hycroft Heritage Preservation Foundation. Since the first event in 2012, the series has included a diverse range of subjects and perspectives in nearly 50 lectures from more than 30 presenters. A listing and descriptions for many of them can be found below.
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Fall 2020 Virtual Lectures
VHF’s Evening Lecture series continues this fall in a new virtual format. Join us from the comfort of home to enjoy fascinating pieces of Vancouver’s history from a selection of speakers. If you are unable to attend the scheduled lecture time, you may register ahead of time and a link to access the recording will be sent to you. Please note the link is only active for a specific period of time.
Tuesday, December 1st – The Changing Landscape of Vancouver’s Private Gardens, 1890-2020
7pm – 8:30pm
Register here, $16 / $10 (incl. tax)
Please note: This lecture will be offered online. Information on how to attend will be emailed to registrants.
Vancouver’s gardens are a reflection of the city’s diverse and ever-changing community, as seen in their design and structure, and in the plants and materials chosen. Cultural and design influences both local and from around the world have shaped these domestic spaces. Landscape architect and arborist Adrienne Brown will explore a variety of garden styles, starting with the gardens of the region developed by Indigenous communities. Immigrants from around the globe brought their own garden concepts with them including from Britain, Spain and China, adapting them to the local climate and available products and materials. Adrienne will also discuss how popular historical designs, such as Mid-Century Modern, are expressed in Vancouver, providing several examples of unique gardens that blend styles in memorable ways, such as Arthur Erikson’s private garden that brought together Japanese concepts with Modernism.
About the speaker
Adrienne Brown is a Landscape Architect and Arborist who has been designing private gardens and other landscape developments for the past 30 years. She served on the Board of VanDusen Botanical Gardens in the years leading up to the development of the new Visitors Centre and currently chairs the Park & Tilford Garden Review Board. Adrienne has given Hycroft Lectures on the History of Stanley Park and Crescent Park in Shaughnessy as well as VHF Walking Tours of the Downtown Open Space, and Coal Harbour. In 2014 Adrienne completed a biography of her parents, Harry and Jessie Webb as part of the Unheralded Artists of BC Series.
Online Lectures from the VHF Archives
Visit our YouTube page for more heritage and history themed videos including two previously recorded Evening Lectures; A Century of Planning from Bartholomew to City Plan with Michael Kluckner and Japanese Hall 1928-2018: The Extraordinary Story of Community Resilience, Survival and Transformation with Laura Saimoto. Be sure to subscribe and click the notification bell to be notified when we upload a new video.
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