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CGLHS founder Bill Grant    

(1925-2020) touring Val Verde,

Montecito, CA, 2001.

Photo: © Susan Chamberlin

Eden is the quarterly journal of the
California Garden &
Landscape History Societ



The California Garden and Landscape History Society is excited to announce that our organization is a 2023 recipient of the Governor’s Historic Preservation Awards! Awarded by the California Office of Historic Preservation and California State Parks, the award is the only state-sponsored program that recognizes the efforts of historic preservation organizations in the state. It is intended to celebrate community-based, “grass roots” efforts to document and promote the state’s unique and varied heritage. Read more about the award here

In the award decision, CGLHS was cited for its “fundamental principle that people will protect the historical and cultural landscapes and gardens they have learned to understand and appreciate.” With our quarterly journal, Eden, the Tours and Talks program, and various partnerships across the state, we are proud to have the recognition of the state in our efforts and look forward to the various initiatives of our future. We sincerely thank all our members for their continual support and are proud to have this recognition.


Founder of CGLHS Bill Grant (William A. Grant) passed away on December 24, 2020 at age 95. Bill was the founding member of the English Faculty at Cabrillo State College, in Aptos, California. He specialized in the cultivation of roses and led tours to Australia, Europe, and South Africa. He also served as a board member for the UCSC Arboretum. 

The winners of the 11th annual Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) Challenge were announced at an ASLA Meeting on December 8, 2020. Congratulations to CGLHS member Eleanor Cox and her colleague Stacy Farr for second-place tie in the 2020 “Vanishing or Lost Landscapes” competition for their entry on San Francisco’s University Mound Nursery (HALS CA-153).

CGLHS member and historical preservation expert Mimi Sheridan presented an online talk Julia Morgan: Asilomar and Beyond for OLLI/CSUMB on September 1, 2020.  Watch the zoom video at 

Steven Keylon's (Eden editor) article on smoke trees featuring Millicent Harvey's (Member) photos in the Spring 2020 issue of Eden, is featured in a review in the Palm Springs Desert Sun of June 21. Tracy Conrad (Member) wrote the article. "The California Garden and Landscape History Society produces a gorgeous quarterly journal ( This spring’s edition features the desert smoke tree with an article written by editor Steven Keylon and illustrated by photographer Millicent Harvey, both of whom qualify as genuine desert rats." 

David Laws (Board Member) presented a talk via zoom to the Carmel Resident's Association on April 29, 2020. Per the program listing "David will tell the amazing world-class story of the man who, after traveling the world, came to PG and spent 14 years fulfilling his dream of creating the beautiful "Magic Carpet" cliffside garden of spectacular purple flowers." Click here to watch the recording of this program.

Ann Scheid (Board member) published an article "A Friendly Correspondence with the Widow of a President" on the Gamble House website in April 2020. 

Kelly Comras (Board Member) and Steven Keylon (Eden Editor) presented at 2020 Modernism Week events in Palm Springs. Comras gave a lecture on "Welton Becket & Ruth Shellhorn." Keylon spoke as a panelist on the history of sustainable horticulture in the Coachella Valley. Photographer Millicent Harvey (Member) showed her images of Smoke Trees at the Stephen Baumbach Gallery.


Tom Karwin"On Gardening | California’s remarkable gardens," Monterey HeraldDecember 12, 2019.

Anne de Forest, "Preserving a Grandfather's Legacy: The Lockwood and Elizabeth Kellam de Forest Archives at UCSB, VIEW Magazine, Number 19, Summer 2019 pg. 40 - 41. 

A conversation with Isabelle Greene (Member) See article "Shaping Place" in Pacific Horticulture magazine, Summer 2019, page 48.   

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