| Jul 15, 2014
| 1:25 PM
Jens Jensen may be one of the few landscape architects who had to fight his way to the top of a profession known for idyllic, outdoor vistas of trees, plants, flowers and ponds.
Called the Frank Lloyd Wright of landscape design, the fiery Danish...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 12:25 PM
Long-ago immigrants to the United States sought reminders of home and hopes for prosperity in New World landscapes. Within the Midwest are small towns with big pride in their ethnic heritage. These places, population 3,500 or fewer, flaunt and invest in...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 12:13 PM
For Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance's sixth annual Fleurotica fashion show June 12, guests could smell the fashions as well as view them as models wore designs created entirely of flowers and plant materials and sashayed down a runway in...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 8:32 AM
There is often no justice in history. If there were, then the name Jens Jensen would be as familiar to us as those of Al Capone, Michael Jordan, Oprah Winfrey and some of the others who put their stamp on the city for a short time before moving on....
| May 21, 2014
| 1:55 PM
It sounds like something out of a Gothic novel. Golfball-sized hail falls in the night and blasts football-sized holes in the delicate glass roof covering a storied, turn-of-the-last-century indoor garden.
Or maybe it's just a new twist on an old saw:...
| Mar 16, 2014
Warm breezes will soon hint at spring, inspiring Chicagoans with vacation homes to set a date to open cottages and cabins in a wide arc stretching from Lake Michigan's eastern shores to the vest-pocket lakes of northern Illinois and Wisconsin.
| Mar 10, 2013
Eunita Rushing feels at home when she's near plants, so perhaps it's no surprise that since 1999 she has been the enthusiastic president of the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, which works in partnership with the Chicago Park District to raise funds...
| Jan 18, 2013
| 2:27 PM
The last time the name Norbert Blei appeared above a story in the Chicago Tribune was June 2, 1985. He wrote about the Clearing, a folk arts school founded in 1935 in Door County, Wis., by renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen when he was 75. ...
| Jun 10, 2011
Plant sales offer splendid opportunities to buy a variety of plants – often unusual and/or heirloom varieties hard to find anywhere else, and a chance to talk shop with fellow gardeners.
Most sales are held rain or shine; each listing has contact...
| Jul 3, 2011
| 7:16 PM
Portions of the Garfield Park Conservatory, devastated by Thursday night's massive hailstorms, reopened today.
The rooms of the 100-year-old conservatory that are open to the public sustained minimal damage during the storms because they were fitted with...
| Nov 29, 2011
| 2:44 PM
"Vikings in the Attic: In Search of Nordic America"
University of Minnesota Press, $22.95
Scandinavian culture, to use a Swedish slant, is more than hardtack and herring.
Eric Dregni grew up fourth-generation Scandinavian in Minnesota of mostly...
| Apr 15, 2009
| 9:26 AM
"A native crabapple, a group of violets, a bird bath with a cardinal flower, a virgin's bower clinging to the crabapple, and perhaps a dash of iris or phlox, or lilies if you please, make a garden full of song and poetry."
--"Siftings" by landscape...