Pioneer landscape architect Ruth Shellhorn helped define midcentury Southern California with such visionary projects as Disneyland, Bullock’s Pasadena and Bullock’s Wilshire and the University of California at Riverside. Landscape architect Kelly Comras, author of the biography Ruth Shellhorn, examines Shellhorn’s legacy in a lecture and the screening of a short documentary. 


"The Brothers Behind Disney's Magical Landscapes"
Jack and Morgan "Bill" Evans were members of Disney's original design team at Disneyland

“Ruth Shellhorn: Midcentury Landscape Design in Southern California,”
a documentary film in the Library of American Landscape History's North America by Design series:“Cultivating Place:

The Cultural Landscape Foundation

"Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden,”
a radio interview on Northstate Public Radio:


Fall 2018 - Details Forthcoming
Southern California Horticultural Society
Landscape Architect and Specifier News Conference
Association of American Landscape Designers

March 8, 2018, 7:00 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

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

Friday, January 12, 2018, 11:00 am - Noon
" Ruth Shellhorn"
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