Green Screen: How Trees Made California Modern
Lecture date: October 20, 2014. Jared Farmer discusses the landscape revolution in California initiated by tree planters.
In California’s first hundred years as a state, horticulturists planted innumerable trees in formerly shadeless locales. They imported a profusion of ornamental and commercial species and varietals to create money-making orchards and tree-lined boulevards. Farmer discusses how tree planters staged a landscape revolution, and, in doing so, they helped make California modern. Today we are the inheritors of this horticultural legacy in all its beauty, fragility, and hazard.
Farmer, a history professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, is the author of Trees in Paradise: A California History.