Jens Jensen’s Genius

2010 celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of visionary Prairie School landscape architect and pioneer conservationist Jens Jensen. His vision was to bring back the prairies of Illinois and preserve their native beauty, as illustrated in the Prairie River in Humboldt Park, one of parks he created for Chicago's West Park system.

His designs, like the fern house found at Chicago's Garfield Park's Conservatory, brings to life his commitment to the soil and civilization, as he said,"To shut out nature from man's whole life is so shut out the inspiration of noble and humanitarian things."

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