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'Jens Jensen: Writings Inspired by Nature'


Jens Jensen at The Clearing in Door County in the mid-1930s (photo courtesy of The Clearing)

Readers can wander through the distinctive scenery of revolutionary landscape architect Jens Jensen in a new book from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 'Jens Jensen: Writings Inspired by Nature,' edited by landscape architecture professor William H. Tishler, a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Jensen (1860-1951) was an internationally-known landscape architect, one of America's most distinguished designers of natural spaces, and a pioneering conservationist.

The cover of "Jens Jensen: Writings Inspired by Nature"
Jensen found inspiration in the landscape, particularly the plants native to a region, and was an environmentalist long before the term became popular. His vision sculpted and preserved Midwest landscapes — from the West Park System in Chicago to the Sand Dunes in Indiana — and influenced forever the way parks and preserves are designed across the United States. Today Jensen is perhaps best remembered for establishing The Clearing on Wisconsin's Door County Peninsula.

"Jens Jensen: Writings Inspired by Nature" is an anthology of Jensen's most significant yet lesser-known articles, including a "Saturday Evening Post" piece that enabled him to reach the largest audience of his publishing career. The scope of Jensen's thoughts represented in this collection further solidifies his contributions to the American conservation movement and perpetuates his philosophy that nature is significant in people's lives.

About the Author

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 has been a senior fellow in landscape studies at Dumbarton Oaks and an Attingham Fellow in England and has authored more than 100 publications. Several of his books and articles, as well as his documentary film, "Jens Jensen: A Natural History," have won national awards.

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:: Posted December 17, 2012

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