Living in this virtual age it is wonderful to be grounded in our physical environment. Landscape historian and educator Barbara Geiger’s philosophy is that each individual needs to know about the landscape we inhabit if we are to create true sustainability.

Each course, tour, and lecture focuses on a particular theme, filled with anecdotes and humor, and thought-provoking intellectual excursions to allow students and participants to learn in an easy, enjoyable way.

Barbara Geiger has taught for over a decade in the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She has also taught for many years at the Chicago Botanic Garden, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Chicago Graham School, the Newberry Library, and other cultural institutions in the area.

To book a lecture, keynote, workshop or tour, please contact barbara [at]

Low-Key Genius: The Life and Work of Landscape-Gardener O.C. Simonds

The first full-length biography of Simonds--a leader of the 'Prairie style' landscape movement, an ardent conservationist, and an all-around good guy. Available at

For information contact barbara [at]
Inside The Devil in the White City
and other programs listed on the Speaking Engagements page.

2015 Downton Abbey programs:
April 27, Kenilworth Clippers (private event)
March 1 at 2 pm, Chicago Rare Book Center, 703 Washington St., Evanston
($12 and refreshments served)
February 28 at 3:30 pm, Chicago Rare Book Center ($12 and refreshments served)
February 5 at 7 pm, Evergreen Park Public Library/Garden Club
January 27 at 1 pm, Evanston Woman's Club (tea served)
January 11 at 2 pm, River Forest Public Library

2014 Downton Abbey programs:
January 8 at 7 pm, Rolling Meadows Library
January 14 at 7 pm, Warren Newport Library
February 3 at 7 pm, Villa Park Library
March 18 at 6:30 pm, Graham Public Library, Union Grove (WI)
March 31, Midwest Antiques Club (Private event)
September 16, Clarinda Cady Questors (Private event)
October 16, The Pressed Glass Club of Wayne (Private event)
November 6 at 1 pm, Huntley Area Public Library Friends Tea (at Boulder Ridge CC)

2013 Downton Abbey past programs:
January 6 at 2 pm, Bartlett Public Library
January 8 at 7 pm, Orland Park Public Library
January 9 at 7 pm, Frankfort Public Library
January 12 at 2 pm, Clarendon Hills Public Library
January 13 at 1 pm, Palatine Public Library
January 17 at 7 pm, Vernon Area Public Library
January 20 at 1 pm, Kenosha Public Library
January 24 at 6:30pm, Evanston History Museum
January 27 at 2 pm, Wauconda Public Library
January 28 at 6:30 pm, Bloomingdale Public Library
February 23 at 2 pm, Julia Hull District Library, Stillman Valley (IL)
March 10 at 2 pm, Westchester Public Library
March 30 at 2 pm, Clarendon Hills Public Library
April 16 at 7 pm, Prospect Heights Public Library
April 27 at 1 pm, Mokena Community Library District
May 6 at 7 pm, Oak Lawn Public Library (rescheduled from March)
May 18 at 2 pm, West Chicago District Public Library District
July 20 at 11 am, New Lenox Public Library
September 3 at 7 pm, Green Hill Public Library (Palos Hills)
September 12 at 7 pm, Berwyn Public Library
October 9 at 12:30 pm, Friends of American Writers (Chicago)
October 16 at 7 pm, Tinley Park Library
December 12 at 7 pm, Woodridge Public Library
December 14 at 1:30 pm, Deerfield Public Library

2012 Downton Abbey programs:

April 3, 7 pm at Palos Park Public Library
April 18, 7 pm at Riverside Public Library
June 8, 7 pm at Glen Ellyn Public Library (in conjunction with Glen Ellyn Preservation)
June 19, 7 pm at Skokie Public Library
June 21, 7 pm at Park Ridge Public Library
June 28, 7 pm at Darien Public Library
July 11, 7 pm at Des Plaines Public Library
July 12, 7 pm at Northbrook Public Library
July 17, 6 pm at LaSalle Public Library
July 19, 7 pm at Lake Bluff Public Library
July 24, 7 pm at Glenview Public Library
July 25, 7 pm at Aspen Drive Library, Vernon Hills
August 1, 12 noon at Geneva Public Library
August 2, 7 pm at Glencoe Public Library
August 8, 11:30 am at Lake Villa Public Library
August 8, 7 pm at Ela District Library, Lake Zurich
August 14, 7 pm at Palos Heights Public Library
August 20, 7 pm at Fremont Library, Mundelein
September 9, 2 pm at Morton Grove Public Library
September 19, 7 pm at Ford Library (Western Springs)
September 20, 7 pm at Algonquin Area Public Library
September 24, 7 pm at Crete Public Library
September 27, 6:30 pm at Lansing Public Library
October 1, 7 pm at Barrington Area Public Library
October 2, 7 pm at Coal City Public Library
October 3, 7 pm at Niles Public Library
October 8, 7 pm at Wilmette Public Library
October 14, 2 pm at Morris Public Library
October 17, 7 pm at Batavia Public Library
October 21, 2 pm at Lincolnwood Public Library
November 1, 7 pm at Harvard-Diggins Library
November 2, 1 pm at Dickinson Hall, Lake Forest
November 3, 10 am to 4 pm, University of Chicago Graham School
November 8, 7 pm at Roselle Public Library
November 13, 7 pm at Oak Brook Public Library
November 15, 7 pm at Gail Borden Library (Elgin)
November 17, 1:30-3 pm at Olbrich Botanic Gardens (Madison, WI)
November 29, 9:30 am-12 noon at Off Campus Writers Workshop (Winnetka)
December 2, 2 pm at Wheaton Public Libary
December 4, 7 pm at Elmhurst Public Library
December 5, 7 pm at McHenry Public Library
December 9, 3 pm at Northfield Library (branch of Winnetka Library)
December 12, 7 pm at Brookfield Public Library
December 13, 7 pm at Acorn Public Library (Oak Forest)