Lecture Archive: Jared Farmer
Green Screen: How Trees Made California Modern
Posted: December 18, 2014
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.
Video Posted: December 18, 2014 | Running time: 01:14:46
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