FOHRA presentation to the Michigan Botanical Club SE Michigan Chapter at the Heritage Park Visitor Center in Farmington Hills... 2:00 pm.
Genevieve Gillette and the Treasures of Nature
by Lawrence Falardeau of the Friends of Highland Recreation Area, Artist and Landscape Architect
Michigan state parks welcomed the newly-mobile drivers of automobiles in the early 1900s. Genevieve Gillette made it her life’s work to preserve precious natural settings and make them available to the travelling public. In 1920 she began her landscape architecture career working in Chicago with noted landscape designer Jens Jensen, whose naturalistic designs included the Edsel Ford estate at Haven Hill. Over decades, her career supported her enduring volunteer efforts in raising awareness of Michigan’s natural wonders and their value to society. She established important conservation groups, gained funding for Michigan State Parks, even advised President Lyndon Johnson on recreation and nature.
Join us at the Visitor’s Center, Heritage Park, 24915 Farmington Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48336 (off Farmington Road between 10 and 11 Mile Roads). There is plenty of free parking just outside the Visitor’s Center. Refreshments will be served after the program. There are many trails and a nature center at the park, so come early or stay after the program and enjoy the area.