• Olmsteds’ Landscaping Genius Alive & Well in Colorado

     
    POSTED June 25, 2018
     
  • Olmsteds’ Landscaping Genius Alive & Well in Colorado

     
    POSTED June 25, 2018
     

Considered by many to be the father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted Sr.’s name is frequently associated with Central Park in Manhattan. However, a largely unknown fact is that Olmstead and his sons’ influence extends to Colorado. “There are entire neighborhoods in Colorado Springs where the residents have no idea such famous architects designed their landscaping and public green spaces,” says Beth Davis, a Broadmoor archivist who unearthed a wealth of information in preparation for the resort’s centennial celebration in 2018.

Spencer Penrose, the founder of The Broadmoor, asked John Charles and Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. to design the property’s grounds to be as artistic and memorable as the resort. Davis has records of the original planting lists (which topped 800 plants in the front garden alone) and discovered the basic plan designed by the Olmsted brothers is still intact. The Broadmoor gardens and Olmsted brothers will be highlighted throughout the month of August with classes, activities and walking tours as part of anniversary happenings. 

Whether a team is still working from home, or has made a phased return to the office, the past few months have seemed monotonous with not as many in-person meetings and events to break up work weeks. Meeting with a group boosts motivation, and Zoom meetings can’t compare when it comes to rallying morale. After months at home, planning small meetings and corporate getaways away from home is a great way to motivate and revitalize a team’s performance–especially when the destination provides all of the benefits that Colorado offers.

 

As working from home has become the norm since March, so has connecting with coworkers using webcams and Skype. Button downs and sweatpants have become a work-friendly outfit, and Zoom happy hours were the only way to grab a drink with friends. Especially for teams that used to meet in the office every day, a chance to shake up the (new) same old and safely reconnect in person is much needed after months apart. An out-of-state trip could be a memorable way to sync up with coworkers again, as well as do wonders for motivation and productivity upon return.

 

So far, webcams and Zoom meetings have been an essential part of 2020. While digital options are functional placeholders for meetings, chatting with a coworker over Skype doesn’t always set up a team for success. Human connection is vital to team building, and hosting safe, small meetings is a great way to revitalize teams after months of working from home.