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Jens Jensen Day

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2022-06-25 09:00:00 2022-06-25 13:00:00 America/Chicago Jens Jensen Day Join Evanston Public Library, Jens Jensen Gardens in Evanston, and the Evanston Garden Club for Jens Jensen Day '22, a celebration of the rich native plant and gardening history of Evanston. Main Library

Saturday, June 25
9:00am - 1:00pm

Add to Calendar 2022-06-25 09:00:00 2022-06-25 13:00:00 America/Chicago Jens Jensen Day Join Evanston Public Library, Jens Jensen Gardens in Evanston, and the Evanston Garden Club for Jens Jensen Day '22, a celebration of the rich native plant and gardening history of Evanston. Main Library

Main Library

Community Meeting Room (107)

Join Evanston Public Library, Jens Jensen Gardens in Evanston, and the Evanston Garden Club for Jens Jensen Day '22, a celebration of the rich native plant and gardening history of Evanston.

9:30 am: Doors open for onsite participants

10 am - 12 pm: Discussion and Q & A

1:15 pm: Onsite participants travel by bus to Lighthouse Park and return to the library at 3:30 pm

The program will focus on three influential Evanstonians: Anna Rew Gross, Donn Werling, and Margery Taylor Carlson, and will include presentations at the library followed by a tour of the Lighthouse Beach gardens.

Gross, Werling and Carlson were all influenced by the work of famed Danish-American landscape architect, Jens Jensen, whose design work can be seen in both the city of Chicago (Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, and Douglass Park among others) and in Evanston. Jensen's most notable design in Evanston was the Shakespeare Garden (the first of its kind in the United States) on the grounds of Northwestern University and the Wildflower Trail on the grounds of the Grosse Point Lighthouse. Both were commissioned by the Garden Club of Evanston. His largest and most ambitious landscape in Evanston was the 4.7 acre landscape designed in 1927 for the Harley Clarke mansion, located at 2603 Sheridan Road.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Donn Werling, was the first and only person with the official title of City of Evanston Naturalist. He also served as Director of the Ladd Arboretum, Evanston Ecology Center, and the Lighthouse Nature Center from 1973 – 1982. He is now retired from the University of Michigan where for 19 years he served as Director of the Henry Ford Estate, one of Jensen's largest and most recognized works.  Donn is also advisor to Jens Jensen Gardens in Evanston.

In 1915 a friendship between Anne Rew Gross (1864 – 1946) and Jens Jensen (1860-1951) grew into a professional relationship that changed the focus of residential plantings from nonnative plants species to designs centered around the use of native plants. In May 1916 the first plant sale was held in Raymond Park and has continued to be an annual event to this day. 

Margery Carlson (1892 – 1985), an early member of the Garden Club of Evanston and the first full time woman faculty member of Northwestern University, was another influential Evanstonian who will be celebrated.  She traveled throughout the world collecting botanical samples (some of which are still archived at the Field Museum), organized Victory Gardens, and was one of the founders of the Ladd Arboretum. Her legacy continues to enrich our lives today. 

The Program will begin at 10:00 am in the community room of the main branch of the Evanston Public library, with doors opening at 9:30. There will be a lunch break from 12:00-1:00 and at 1:15 on site participants will travel by bus to Lighthouse Park where the program will continue with more discussion and Q&A with Donn Werling. Tours of the landscape rehabilitation work underway, native plant demonstration garden, Alfred Caldwell Stonework, and waterfall will be offered. Members of the Garden Club of Evanston will be on site to conduct guided tours of the historic Lighthouse wildflower walk (designed by Jensen in 1937). Light refreshments will be provided.

To register for the afternoon program (in person only), please email info@jjge.org. Further information about Jensen Day 2022 can be obtained by emailing info@jjge.org or on the website   www.jensjensengardensinevanston.org.

Please note the morning program will be both in person at the library and also on Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent to registered participants the day before. 

Main Library

EPLInfo@cityofevanston.org
Phone: (847)448-8600
Branch manager
Heather Norborg, Interim Library Director

Hours
We're closed Monday July 04 due to Independence Day
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About the branch

The Main library is an epicenter of information and the various forms of literacy. Its assets expand beyond books, audiobooks and DVDs to include public Internet stations and building-wide Wi-Fi, arts performances and displays, author presentations, financial and immigration programs, and much more. The Main Library is the primary focus of our absolute and continuous commitment to meeting the diverse expectations and needs of Evanston residents.

La Biblioteca Principal es un epicentro de información y diversas formas de alfabetización. Sus colecciones se expanden más allá de los libros, audiolibros y DVD para incluir estaciones públicas de Internet y Wi-Fi en todo el edificio, presentaciones y exhibiciones artísticas, presentaciones de autores, programas financieros y de inmigración, y mucho más. La Biblioteca Principal es el enfoque nuestro compromiso absoluto y continuo para cumplir con las diversas expectativas y necesidades de los residentes de Evanston.

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