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GARDEN HISTORY and DESIGN

Public and private.  Large and small.
Garden and gardens... and everything in between.

garden | ˈɡärdən | 

noun 

a small piece of ground used to grow vegetables, fruit, herbs, or flowers: they brought us tomatoes from their garden | a sunroom looks out over the vegetable garden.

gardens 

ornamental grounds laid out for public enjoyment and recreation: botanical gardens. 

Landscape site plan by Tapestry Design

Design by Tapestry Landscape Architects

Let's Celebrate Roy Diblik
N. Illinois Native Gardens Designer

"Roy Diblik is co-owner of Northwind Perennnial Farm,  a perennial garden designer, nurseryman, gardener and writer.   He has been growing perennials and native plants since 1978.   He began designing perennial and native gardens in 1995.   Inspired by the diversity of plants and their relationships in remnant prairies and woodlands, his design practice is placing plants together encouraging tight plant communities that live well with each other while pursuing compatible and thoughtful stewardship practices."  

Native garden designed by Roy Diblik
Archives of American Gardens

The Archives of American Gardens (AAG), managed by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., offers landscape designers, historians, preservationists, and garden enthusiasts access to a collection of approximately 65,000 photographic images and records that document historic and contemporary gardens throughout the United States.  

Representative collection images are available online at collections.si.edu.

Residential Gardens
Your dream garden book cover

There's probably nothing more enjoyable and satisfying for a gardener than spending time at home in the yard.  When designing your garden or gardens, whether for aesthetics or for producing food, there are many different factors you'll want to consider.  This guide from Garden Design magazine is a great place to begin!

Christopher Garden Pewaukee Wisconsin

Archives of American Gardens:  Christoper Place, A residential garden near Pewaukee, Wisconsin

American Landscape Architect Visionaries
Frederick Law Olmsted

1822-1903

Frederick Law Olmsted is known as the father of landscape architecture in the United States. He is know as an advocate of parks for all people, and a journalist, social critic, and public administrator. Olmsted was famous for co-designing many well-known urban parks including Central Park in NYC, the Emerald Necklace in Boston, the main park grounds for the 1893 World Columbian Exposition, and the landscape surrounding the US Capitol lBuilding.  Olmsted design Lake Park, Riverside Park, and Washington Park in Milwaukee.

The recent Olmsted 200 initiative of the National Association of Olmsted Parks, created to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, is a wonderful resource!  Find everything you'd ever want to know about the man ~ his life, philosophy, works, legacy ~ parks across the country that bear his stamp, and much more!

Stone foot bridge in an Olmsted park
Jens Jensen

1860-1951

From Encyclopedia Britanica

Jens Jensen, (born Sept. 13, 1860, Dybbøl, Den.—died Oct. 1, 1951, Ellison Bay, Wisconsin. Highly original landscape architect whose public and private works, mostly in the Midwest, are marked by harmonious use of natural terrain and native flora.

Jensen went to the U.S. in 1884 and settled in Chicago, where he was employed by the municipal West Side Park System His most successful major park projects in Chicago were the redesigned Humboldt Park and the new Columbus Park. He was chiefly responsible for the establishment of the Cook County Forest Preserve, the most extensive system of nature parks instituted by any U.S. city or metropolitan area.  In addition, he laid out the public park system in Racine, Wis., and the Lincoln Memorial Garden in Springfield, Ill. From the mid-1930s he maintained an art colony, The Clearing, at Ellison Bay, Wisconsin.

"A social reformer at heart, Jensen was interested in instilling an appreciation and love of nature into the people, because he felt that nature could be an antidote to the dehumanizing effect of city life. Remember that this was the late 1800's and the industrial revolution was in full swing. Cities were overcrowded, polluted, unsanitary, and disease was running rampant. Jensen, like Emerson and Thoreau, and other landscape architects like Frederick Law Olmsted were interested in drawing people out into a natural environment and believed deeply in the healthful and civilizing effects of doing so."  Marian University

The story of Jens Jensen's presence in Door County is summarized in an October 31, 2022 publication on the Destination Door County website.  

Emerald Necklace's Olmsted Park, Boston, MA

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