2022 Preservation Celebration
May 21, 2022 | 6:30 pm
Join us for an outdoor dinner party in a gorgeous setting (featuring Olmsted gardens!)
We hope to see you at an elegant, engaging—in-person—event on May 21 and help raise critical funding for the Conservancy during our only fundraiser of the year!
Hosts Judith, Clay, and Roddy von Seldeneck, and Co-Chairs Sandy and Tim Greenwood and Stacy and Bayard Fiechter invite you to join this year’s Preservation Celebration, an outdoor dinner party to be held at 6:30 pm on May 21.
Together, we’ll celebrate the Conservancy’s 55th anniversary, our 50th conservation easement and all easement owners in attendance, and the honoree of this year’s Shirley Hanson Founder’s Award. Attendees will enjoy cocktails, dining, and a special silent auction item (in addition to our online auction) only available to ticketholders.
Benefactor tickets are available now, with nearly a third already spoken for! Don’t wait to buy your tickets and be a part of this very special evening.
Learn more about this year’s event, the planning committee, and sponsorship on our website!
Safety precautions: The Preservation Celebration will be an outdoor event. Attendance will be capped at 150 people to ensure adequate space. To respect the health of others, we ask that only those who are fully vaccinated attend.
Living Among Landmarks:
The Olmsted Legacy in Chestnut Hill
A Conversation and Exhibit
Wednesday, April 6 at 7 pm
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Middle School
8000 Cherokee Street
2022 is the bicentennial of Frederick Law Olmsted—a leading cultural figure of his time and founder of the profession of landscape architecture as we know it and as it is practiced today.
Olmsted’s personal career and the practice that was his legacy flourished for more than one hundred years. He and his successors worked in virtually every state and large city in America. In Philadelphia and surrounding communities the firm secured commissions for nearly two hundred projects. At least forty of these were for clients in Chestnut Hill. Beginning in 1897, this work spanned forty years.
April 26, 2022 is Olmsted’s 200th birthday. As part of the national celebration, Chestnut Hill Conservancy will host an evening symposium, “Living among Landmarks: The Olmsted Legacy in Chestnut Hill,” featuring a conversation among current-day owners of homesteads and gardens designed by his successors in the firm of Olmsted Brothers, Landscape Architects. Olmsted biographer Witold Rybczynski will introduce the program. Before and after his remarks and the panel discussion, the audience will have access to a pin-up display of photos and plans of all the known projects from the Olmsted Brothers’ decades of involvement in Chestnut Hill.
Tickets: $10 members/$20 non-members
Please note: this is an in-person event. Attendees will be asked to show proof of vaccination and wear a mask during the event. If the city changes its Covid restrictions, it may be switched to a virtual format.
Living Among Landmarks is presented with support from Laurel Hill Gardens.
Join Us Next Week for Ask the Experts!
Garden Friends and Foes: Integrated Pest Management for your Garden Challenges
Wednesday, March 16 at 7pm
As gardening season draws near, landscape designer Christopher Sohnly will discuss means of managing your home garden in harmony with nature. His firm Spruce Hollow, LLC, is a full-service landscape design company in Mt. Airy providing garden design, installation, and maintenance.
A free program to the community, Ask the Experts addresses a featured topic by an expert on prevalent issues relating to historic home and landscape care. Ask questions; get solutions! Organized by the Chestnut Hill Conservancy and co-sponsored by the Chestnut Hill Community Association.
Free, registration required to receive Zoom link on the day of the event.
  • March 16 – Ask the Experts virtual Program “Garden Friends & Foes” at 7:00 pm. Register HERE.
  • April 6 – In-person conversation and exhibit “Living Among Landmarks: The Olmsted Legacy in Chestnut Hill” at 7:00 pm. Purchase tickets HERE.
  • May 21 – Preservation Celebration! Purchase Benefactor tickets HERE.
Thank You!
Sponsors and supporters are community champions. Your support now continues our work
throughout the year!
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