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Early California Landscapes and Gardens: Romance and Reality

  • Mission La Purisima Conception Lompoc, CA USA (map)

This is the annual conference of the California Garden and Landscape History Society, from October 4 to October 6, 2019. The location of the conference is Lompoc, the home of the Mission La Purisima Conceptión. The event has a fee and is open to the public.

This fall's CGLHS Annual Conference will focus on the landscapes of early California, telling the story of the Missions and the early agricultural practices of the region. We will explore the authentic history of the pre-Spanish era and post-Spanish settlements, along with the myth-making reinvention in the 19th century of these working landscapes as idyllic places of pastoral enchantment. We will also look at the late 20th century cultural shift to a more authentic telling of these stories.

There is a discount for early registration that expires on September 6. For more information, please go to:

Photo from Mission San Juan Capistrano by Rev. William Krekelberg, 2004.