Modernism Week, the February festival that highlights midcentury modern architecture, art, interior and landscape design, and vintage culture in the Palm Springs area of Southern California, will offer a series of presentations, book signings and exhibitions focused on midcentury and contemporary landscape architecture and design.

All Modernism Week events are open to the public and tickets are now on sale at These popular tours still have availability and a portion of ticket proceeds benefit Modernism Week (a non-profit organization) and other local preservation, neighborhood and community groups.

“Modernism Week is thrilled to bring the concept of indoor-meets-outdoor to the already robust agenda of the February festival” said Lisa Vossler Smith, Executive Director. “Blended living spaces, where indoor meets outdoor, are increasingly popular, nowhere more so than Palm Springs. Add to this trend the beauty and glamour of modern midcentury style and you have the perfect design backdrop. This Landscape Design and Outdoor Living series brings together ideas, talent, research and practical advice for the avid modernist and newcomer alike.”

Modernism Week will take place February 14-24, 2019.

About the 2019 Landscape + Outdoor Living Series

Friday, February 20, 1 PM Modern Garden Tour $75 – an invitation to discover a wide range of garden designs from minimal to lush, all using modern materials and plantings. Produced by Modernism Week. Experience and embrace the modern aesthetic of drought tolerant and desert-friendly plants while touring exquisitely designed private modern gardens located in Palm Springs, on our ninth annual Modern Garden Tour. Discover a wide range of garden designs from minimal to lush, all using modern materials and plantings. A keepsake brochure and map will be provided at check-in.

The following events will also be offered at Modernism Week’s CAMP Headquarters:

Friday, February 15, 2 PM – $10
The Glamorous Gardens of Tommy Tomson, a presentation by Steven Keylon, Landscape Historian.
Saturday, February 16, 12 times from 10 AM – 3:30 PM – $30
Ask a Landscape Designer – 30 minutes of discussion with a professional landscape designer presented by the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.

Saturday, February 16, 3:30 PM. – $10
The Re-Generation of Gardens – a presentation by Shawn Maestretti, Principal Landscape Architect, SMGA.

Sunday, February 17, 3:30 PM – $10
21st Century Studio and Industrial Design in our Landscapes and Transitional Spaces – a presentation by Jad Attal, Modern Design Specialist, Rago Arts & Auction Center.

Monday, February 18, 10 AM – $10
Immersive Landscapes – a presentation by Andrea Cochran, FASLA, Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture.

Monday, February 18, 12:30 PM – $10
The Kennedy Center: An American Architectural Icon Then and Now – a discussion by Edmund Hollander, Landscape Architect, and Chris McVoy, Architect, moderated by Frances Anderton of KCRW radio.

Monday, February 18, 2:30 PM – $10
Lawrence Halprin: Touchstones & Trailblazing – A presentation and book signing by author and educator, Kenneth Helphand.

Tuesday, February 19, 10 AM – $10
Sculpturalism and the Landscape – A presentation and ceramic signing by Dustin Gimbel, Landscape Designer and Ceramicist.

Wednesday February 20, 10 AM – $10
Desert Gardens of Steve Martino: 21st Century Modernism – a presentation and book signing by Steve Martino, FASLA, Landscape Architect.

Thursday, February 21, 10 AM – $10
Gardenlust – a presentation and book signing by Christopher Woods, author.


The following events will be offered at UCR Palm Desert, Building B, Main Floor, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92211

Tuesday, February 19, 3 PM – $20 ($45 with bus to and from MW CAMP in Palm Springs)
A Walk in Nature: The Landscape and Architecture of Dan Kiley – a presentation and reception by Jane Amidon, author and educator.

February 20 – 23 Hours 8 AM, FREE
The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley – an exhibition organized by The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), sponsored by Modernism Week and hosted by UCR Palm Desert. Dan Kiley was one of the nation’s most important post-war landscape architects. During his prolific career, which spanned more than half a century, he worked with equally significant architects, including Eero Saarinen, Louis Kahn and I.M. Pei, to create internationally acknowledged Modernist design icons. Kiley's legacy is substantial, influential and, like the broad swath of our Modernist designed landscape legacy, ephemeral. To honor Kiley and his legacy, and call attention to the need for informed and effective stewardship of his work (and by extension Modernist landscape design) we present this exhibition, organized by The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF). 

The exhibition features 45 newly commissioned photographs of 27 of Kiley’s more than 1,000 designs including: the Miller House and Garden, Columbus, IN; the Art Institute of Chicago South Garden, Chicago, IL; and one of his final residential projects, Patterns, a garden for Gov. & Mrs. Pierre S. “Pete” du Pont IV in Delaware. A more in-depth treatment of Kiley’s life and legacy is available on TCLF’s website,

The exhibition continues to run through April 19; open hours are typically Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM.

February 21 – 23 – FREE
The Midcentury Modern Campus of UC Riverside – an exhibition organized by the University of California, Riverside: Palm Desert Center; UCR ARTS/California Museum of Photography; Office of Planning, Design and Construction.

February 21, 3 PM – FREE
The Midcentury Modern Campus of UC Riverside – a presentation, exhibition and reception. Presentation by Kelly Comras, Landscape Architect, Jacqueline Norman, Architect, and Ramasubramanian Umashankar, Principal Physical Planner, UC Riverside. The exhibition will be on view on the 2nd floor of the main building at UCR Palm Desert and runs through April 19.


This year’s Modern Demonstration Garden, located at Modernism Week CAMP, 230 Museum Way, Palm Springs is generously supported by Mountain States Wholesale Nursery.