Annual Conference of the California Garden and Landscape History Society


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About the Event: Palm Springs has been Hollywood’s desert playground since the 1920s. A haven for the rich and famous to relax in peace and obscurity, the area also boasts a complex and interesting cultural history. The Agua Caliente Band of the Cahuilla Indians lived in adjacent canyons for centuries, drawn to the area for the hot mineral springs, which were considered sacred. Later, Spanish explorers became enchanted by the native flora and fauna, calling the area, “La Palma de la Mano de Dios,” or “The Palm of the God’s Hand.” Our conference will explore this fascinating history, and also focus on a broad review of the designed landscape and the practitioners responsible for the evolution of 20th century modernism, including the sanatoriums of the early 1900s, fashionable resorts and western-themed dude ranches of the 1920s, Spanish Colonial-Revival estates, ranch-inspired homes, and the Modernist buildings of Palm Springs.