Jens Jensen: Writings Inspired by Nature

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William H. Tishler
Wisconsin Historical Society, Sep 28, 2012 - Gardening - 176 pages
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Jens Jensen (1860–1951) was one of America's most distinguished landscape architects and a pioneering conservationist. During his long and productive career, this Danish-born visionary worked for and with some of the country's most prominent citizens and architects, including Henry Ford, Louis Sullivan, and Frank Lloyd Wright. He became internationally renowned for his design of landscapes throughout the Midwest and beyond, his contributions to the American conservation movement, and his philosophy that emphasized the significance of nature in people's lives. He found inspiration in the landscape, particularly the plants native to a region, and was an environmentalist long before the term became popular.

Today, Jensen is perhaps best remembered for establishing The Clearing on Wisconsin's Door County Peninsula. But the outspoken views in his writings—many of which were included in ephemeral planning reports, early newspapers, and out-of-print journals—are now virtually forgotten, with the exception of his two small books. Jens Jensen: Writings Inspired by Nature is a collection of Jensen's most significant yet lesser-known articles. The scope of Jensen's philosophy represented in these writings will further solidify his legacy and rightful place alongside conservation leaders such as John Muir and Aldo Leopold.

 

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Contents

1 Extermination of the Oak at Lake Geneva Wisconsin 1901
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2 Plan for Hospital Grounds 1901
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3 Topiary Gardening 1902
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4 Parks and Politics 1902
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5 Marring the Landscape 1902
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6 Urban and Suburban Landscape Gardening 1903
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7 Soil Conditions and Tree Growth around Lake Michigan Part II 1904
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8 Hawthorns in the Landscape 1904
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21 American Garden Thoughts 1925
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22 The Park Policy 1926
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23 Nature the Source 1927
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24 Landscape Appreciation 1927
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25 The Naturalistic Treatment in a Metropolitan Park 1930
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26 Natural Parks and Gardens 1930
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27 Conservation in the Regional Plan 1934
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28 A Program for School of the Soil mid1930s
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9 Landscape ArtAn Inspiration from the Western Plains 1906
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10 Some Gardens of the Middle West 1908
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11 Improving a Small Country Place 1910
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12 Regulating City Building 1911
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13 Testimony Regarding Proposed Sand Dunes National Park 1917
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14 Report of Mr Jens Jensen Consulting Landscape Architect on Landscape Design of Columbus Park 1918
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15 A Greater West Park System 1920
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16 I Like Our Prairie Landscape 1920
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17 Wisconsin Beautiful 1921
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18 Landscape GardeningAn Art 1923
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19 Roadside Planting 1924
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20 Novelty Versus Nature 1924
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29 The Clearing 1937
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Special Lecture 1939
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31 Protect Devils Lake Beauty 1940
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32 The Camp Fire or Council Fire 1941
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33 Learning the Lessons of Nature 1942
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34 These Are Days of Rebirth 1943
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35 The Why of Parks and Wilderness Areas 1946
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36 The Heat of Many Summers Sun 1947
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Notes
135
Bibliography
142
Index
147
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William H. Tishler, FASLA, is professor emeritus of landscape architecture at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where his work has focused on historic preservation, landscape architectural history, vernacular architecture, and preservation issues relating to Upper Midwest cultural landscapes. He is a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and has been a senior fellow in landscape studies at Dumbarton Oaks and an Attingham Fellow in England. Tishler is the author of more than 170 publications. Several of his books and articles, as well as his documentary film, Jens Jensen: A Natural History, have won national awards.