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The Nature Poet by Amy Lemen - Winter 2003
Using native plants as ornamental decoration today is commonplace, but a century ago it was unheard of - that is, until Jens Jensen did something about it. Jensen saw beauty in natives - long considered "weeds" to most landscape designers at the time.
Carl Condit, a renowned architectural historian, called Jens Jensen "the most remarkable man in the history of landscape art," and Jensen's 1951 obituary in The New York Times named him the "dean of landscape architecture." But Jensen's true passion was sharing his love for nature, and especially the native landscape, with others.
"He really believed in bringing people to nature," says Julia Sniderman Bachrach, a historian with the Chicago Parks District and curator of the Jens Jensen Legacy Project, an exhibit of Jensen's life and work.