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Jens Jensen

Maker of Natural Parks and Gardens

Robert E. Grese

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Jens Jensen was one of America's greatest landscape designers and conservationists. Using native plants and "fitting" designs, he advocated that our gardens, parks, roads, playgrounds, and cities should be harmonious with nature and its ecological processes—a belief that was to become a major theme of modern American landscape design. In Jens Jensen: Maker of Natural Parks and Gardens, Robert E. Grese draws on Jensen's writings and plans, interviews with people who knew him, and analyses of his projects to present a clear picture of Jensen's efforts to enhance and preserve "native" landscapes...

Jens Jensen was one of America's greatest landscape designers and conservationists. Using native plants and "fitting" designs, he advocated that our gardens, parks, roads, playgrounds, and cities should be harmonious with nature and its ecological processes—a belief that was to become a major theme of modern American landscape design. In Jens Jensen: Maker of Natural Parks and Gardens, Robert E. Grese draws on Jensen's writings and plans, interviews with people who knew him, and analyses of his projects to present a clear picture of Jensen's efforts to enhance and preserve "native" landscapes.

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Why, then, has Jensen continued to attract considerable attention? Robert Grese's book addresses this and other questions with clarity and intensity. Long in the making, this book was well worth the wait. It is a labor of love, and a product of profound intellect and insight... This volume reflects not only Grese's authoritative knowledge of Jensen's life and work but also stresses the many and valuable lessons that Jensen's legacy holds for us now and into the future.

Robert Grese has written a most sympathetic appraisal of Jensen's life and work. It provides an indispensable guide to the projects he carried out, compiled from plans, photographs and other documents in various archives.

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10
Pages
328
ISBN
9780801859472
Illustration Description
98 b&w illus.
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Robert E. Grese

Robert E. Grese teaches landscape architecture in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.