Palm Springs Modernism Week
February 2021
”Ralph Cornell: The Grandfather of Midcentury Landscape Architecture”
Date and time to be announced

Palm Springs Modernism Week
February 2020
”Welton Becket & Ruth Shellhorn: The Commercial & Retail Projects”
Monday, February 17, 2020, 10:30 am - Noon
Tickets available at Noon on November 1, 2019

Friday, May 9, 2019, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
California Preservation Foundation - Modern Cultural Landscapes Conference
”Designed Landscapes: Principles of Indoor-Outdoor Living in Midcentury Southern California: The Commercial and Retail Projects of Architect Welton Becket and Landscape Architect Ruth Shellhorn”
Palm Springs Hilton
A panel discussion with Rebecca McManus, Steven Keylon, and Vonn Marie May

Thursday, February 21, 2019, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Palm Springs Modernism Week 2019
"The Midcentury Modern Campus of U C Riverside"
UCR Palm Desert Center, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, CA  92211
Lecture with reception and historical photographs exhibition to follow
Tickets are free. For more information:

Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 5:00 pm
Palm Springs Modernism Week 2019
"Designing the Disneyland Landscape"
Smoke Tree Ranch
Cocktail reception with full bar and hors d'oeuvres, followed by short documentary film and lecture.
Tickets are $125. For more information:

Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
"Ruth Shellhorn:  Midcentury Landscape Design in Southern California"
Association of Professional Landscape Designers
Palms/Rancho Park Library, 2920 Overland Ave, Los Angeles 90064
Ticketed event  - Eventbrite:

Thursday, August 9, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
"Ruth Shellhorn:  Midcentury Landscape Design in Southern California"
Southern California Horticultural Society
Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Drive, LA 90027
Ticketed event - $5 at door for non-members
Lecture with screening of companion documentary. Book signing and plant sale to follow.

Thursday, March 8, 2018, 7:30 pm
"Ruth Shellhorn:  Midcentury Landscape Design in Southern California"
Shakespeare Club of Pasadena, 171 S Grand Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105
6:00 pm Pre-Lecture Tour of the Club
Private Event

Friday, February 16, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
"Designing the Disneyland Landscape"
Palm Springs Modernism Week 2018                                                                                                                                                         Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 N. Museum Drive
Ticketed event - $12:

Friday, January 12, 2018, 11:00 am - Noon
"Ruth Shellhorn:  Midcentury Landscape Design in Southern California"
The Compulsive Gardeners at the Los Angeles Arboretum                                                                                                        Private event

Monday, October 23, 2017, 8:00 am - 9:30 am                                                                                                                         American Society of Landscape Architects National Convention in Los Angeles                                                           "Masters of Modern Landscape Architecture: Three Case Studies"                                                                                     Lectures and panel with Dean Cardasis on James Rose, and Kenneth Helphand on Lawrence Halprin
Ticketed event:                                                                  

Sunday, October 22, 2017, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm                                                                                                                         American Society of Landscape Architects National Convention in Los Angeles                                                           Council of Fellows Investiture Dinner at Marriott Hotel
Ticketed event:

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm                                                                                                                         American Society of Landscape Architects National Convention in Los Angeles                                                           Book signing at EXPO
Ticketed event:

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Marin Art and Garden Center
Ticketed event:

Saturday, May 20, 2017, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm                                                                                                                                               Friends of the Mouse at the Garden Grove Historical Society
Private event

Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo - Department of Landscape Architecture
Private event

Saturday, May 13, 2017, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Walt Disney Family Museum
The Presidio, San Francisco
Ticketed event: Sold out

Friday, May 12, 2017, 10:45 am - 12:15 pm                                                                                                                                         California Preservation Foundation                                                                                                                                                           Pasadena Hilton Hotel
Ticketed event:

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, Noon - 1:00 pm
Walt Disney Imagineering in Anaheim
Private event

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 10:45 am – Noon
Pasadena Garden Club at Art Center College for Design                  
Private event

Monday, February 27, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cal Poly Pomona Landscape Architecture 60th Anniversary Lecture and Reception
"A Conversation with Women from Cal Poly Pomona Landscape Architecture"
Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Downtown Los Angeles
Free with RSVP

February 17, 2017, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Palm Springs Modernism Week                                                                                                                                                          Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs Art Museum
Ticketed event: 

Sunday, January 29, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Once Upon A Classic - A Disney Fan Club
Private event

Saturday, October 22, 2016, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm    
Virginia Robinson Gardens
Reception before presentation and book signing to follow program
Ticketed event: 310-550-2068

Monday, October 10, 2016, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Pacific Palisades Garden Club at the Women’s Club
901 Haverford Avenue, Pacific Palisades, CA  90272

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm                                                                                                                            Southern California Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects - Quality of Life Awards                          Wins Communications Award for Ruth Shellhorn

Sunday, September 18, 2016, 1:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Los Angeles Chapter of the Disneyana Fan Club
Private Event

Friday, September 16, 2016, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Architecture Film Night at Modesto Architecture Festival
State Theatre, 1307 J Street, Modesto, CA  95354
 Ruth Shellhorn, wins Best Short Documentary

Thursday, August 25, 2016
“Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden,” a radio interview on Northstate Public Radio ( Hosted by Jennifer Jewell. See website link above.

August 18, 2016, 6:30 pm – 9 pm
The Landscape Architecture Program at UCLA Extension,  with USC Department of Landscape Architecture, and The Landscape Architecture Program Alumni Connection
UCLA Gayley Center in Westwood
Free with RSVP

Thursday, July 14, 2016, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Disneyana Mania Convention
Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove
Author’s panel, moderated by architect Dennis Tanida, with Greg Triggs, Ken Pellman and Lynn Barron
Ticketed event

Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
“Authors on Architecture”
Society of Architectural Historians, Southern California Chapter at the Pasadena Public Library

Monday, May 23, 2016, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pacific Palisades Historical Society at the Pierson Playhouse

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hyperion Historical Alliance
Private Event

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 7:30pm – 9:00 pm
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in Pasadena

Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
UCLA Library Special Collections
Charles E. Young Research Library

September 29, 2015
"The Fundamentals of Mid-Century Landscape: The Role of the Automobile in Suburban Southern California Landscape Design"
California Preservation Foundation Webinar

September 28 - 30, 2013
Library of American Landscape History: Masters of Modern Landscape Design
Indianapolis Museum of Modern Art

April 15, 2011
"Early Research on Ruth Shellhorn, Landscape Architect"
The Cultural Landscape Foundation conference at SCI-Arc

February 17 - 18, 2011
"Ruth Patricia Shellhorn: Her Mid-Century Practice and Development of 'The Southern California Look'"
A colloquium at Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Friday, October 21, 2005, 6:00 pm
"The Landscape Legacy of Ruth Patricia Shellhorn"
UCLA Extension Department of the Arts and the
UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library's Department of Special Collections
Charles E. Young Grand Salon in Kerckhoff Hal