Jun 25 | Parks, Plants and People The Impact of Jens Jensen on Evanston’s Natural Landscape

Be part of The Evanston Public Library, Jens Jensen Gardens, and the Evanston Backyard Club on Saturday, 6/25 for Jens Jensen Day ’22, a celebration of the loaded native plant and gardening record of Evanston.

The software will aim on 3 influential Evanstonians: Anna Rew Gross, Donn Werling, and Margery Taylor Carlson, and will consist of shows at the library adopted by a tour of the Lighthouse Beach front gardens.

Gross, Werling and Carlson have been all influenced by the do the job of famed Danish-American landscape architect, Jens Jensen, whose design and style operate can be found in both of those the metropolis of Chicago (Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, and Douglass Park amid many others) and in Evanston. Jensen’s most noteworthy design and style in Evanston was the Shakespeare Back garden (the initially of its form in the United States) on the grounds of Northwestern College and the Wildflower Trail on the grounds of the Grosse Position Lighthouse. The two had been commissioned by the Backyard garden Club of Evanston. His largest and most bold landscape in Evanston was the 4.7 acre landscape made in 1927 for the Harley Clarke mansion, positioned at 2603 Sheridan Road.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Donn Werling, was the 1st and only human being with the official title of City of Evanston Naturalist. He also served as Director of the Ladd Arboretum, Evanston Ecology Heart, and the Lighthouse Character Center from 1973 – 1982. He is now retired from the University of Michigan where by for 19 a long time he served as Director of the Henry Ford Estate, a single of Jensen’s major and most regarded performs.  Donn is also advisor to Jens Jensen Gardens in Evanston.

In 1915 a friendship in between Anne Rew Gross (1864 – 1946) and Jens Jensen (1860-1951) grew into a skilled connection that improved the aim of household plantings from nonnative vegetation species to patterns centered all-around the use of indigenous crops. In May well 1916 the to start with plant sale was held in Raymond Park and has ongoing to be an once-a-year event to this day. 

Margery Carlson (1892 – 1985), an early member of the Garden Club of Evanston and the initial complete time lady faculty member of Northwestern College, was another influential Evanstonian who will be celebrated.  She traveled throughout the entire world collecting botanical samples (some of which are still archived at the Subject Museum), arranged Victory Gardens, and was 1 of the founders of the Ladd Arboretum. Her legacy carries on to enrich our life today. 

The Program will start out at 10:00 AM in the community area of the key department of the Evanston Community library. There will be a lunch break from 12:00-1:00 and at 1:15 on web site contributors will travel by bus to Lighthouse Park the place the method will continue on with extra discussion and Q&A with Donn Werling. Excursions of the landscape rehabilitation work underway, native plant demonstration backyard garden, Alfred Caldwell Stonework, and waterfall will be provided. Users of the Garden Club of Evanston will be on website to conduct guided excursions of the historic Lighthouse wildflower stroll (built by Jensen in 1937). Light-weight refreshments will be supplied.

Even further data can be received by emailing [email protected] or on the website   www.JenjensengardensinEvanston.org.