DATE: April 12, 2018

TIME: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

LOCATION: The Studio

With Donald Olson, author of “The California Garden Tour”

Illustrated talk, tea, and book signing

$15 per person includes tea

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In his new talk, “Garden Goddesses: Four California Women and Their Legendary Gardens,” popular garden writer Donald Olson takes you on an informative and entertaining tour of four spectacular California gardens and introduces you to the larger-than-life personalities who created them: Kate Sessions, the “Mother of Balboa Park”; Florence Yoch, who designed gardens for Hollywood moguls and the garden sets for Tara in “Gone With the Wind”;Virginia Robinson, who created the first estate garden in Beverly Hills; and Ganna Walska, a flamboyant opera singer who used her immense wealth to create Lotusland in Santa Barbara, considered by many to be among the top ten gardens of the world.

Donald has appeared as a featured speaker at many different venues, including Modernism Week in Palm Springs, the Pacific Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle, the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, the Portland Garden Club, and many other gardens, garden clubs, and bookstores. He has also been a guest on radio and television shows. You can see a list of his current garden-related presentations by visiting and clicking on the “Speaking/Presentations” tab. Contact him directly via email at


About Donald Olson

Donald Olson is a playwright, novelist garden and travel writer. His bestselling guide, The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour was named by Library Journal as one of the best reference guides of 2014. His new book, The California Garden Tour—The 50 Best Gardens to Visit in the Golden State, was published by Timber Press in 2017. Donald’s travel stories have appeared in the New York Times, Travel + Leisure, National Geographic Books, and many other publications. Over the years, Donald has written more than thirty guidebooks to European and U.S. destinations, including two current bestsellers, Seattle Day by Day and Portland Day by Day. He is the author of seven published novels and his plays have been seen in Europe and the U.S. He lives, writes and gardens in Manhattan and Portland, Oregon.