Get inspired to take action with this award-winning film celebrating Danish-born Jens Jensen (1860-1951), who rose from street sweeper to “dean of landscape architects” and pioneering conservationist. When he arrived penniless in Chicago in 1885, it was a fast-growing city teeming with urban squalor. Rejecting the neo- classical vision of the 1893 Columbian Exposition, Jensen joined Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan in taking the prairie as inspiration for a new city design. In his parks, workers’ children enjoyed playgrounds and grew food in community gardens, and Jensen became known as “The Vexing Thorn” for his passionate battles with Chicago’s political bosses over the city’s future.
Here’s the latest from Don’s Jersey Birding column in Wild New Jersey. Coinciding with his excellent presentation on butterfly gardening at the Meadowlands Environment Center yesterday, Don Torino released this call to action in support of the Monarch Butterfly. Let’s get planting!
Read the article here.