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Jens Jensen Formal Garden in Humboldt Park Restoration

Jens Jensen (1860 – 1951) created the Humboldt Park Formal Gardens in 1908, during an important period of experimentation in his career.  The New York Times later described Jensen as “dean of American landscape architecture.”  Today, he is widely recognized for his contributions to the Prairie style of landscape design.

Jensen described the site as a “community garden” because it offered beauty and respite “to those who have no other gardens except their window sills.”

Over the years, the garden has suffered from deterioration. The restoration project will help return the garden to its former glory and to work with the community to organize volunteers to insure its future maintenance. The Garden Conservancy of New York is partnering with the Chicago Parks Foundation, the Chicago Park District, and community members to provide financial support and advice on a new planting plan and design for the popular park amenity.

The Chicago Parks Foundation, Chicago Park District, and the Garden Conservancy are pleased to announce that internationally recognized garden designer Piet Oudolf will design a new planting plan for Humboldt Park’s historic Jens Jensen Formal Garden. Read more about Piet’s involvement here. 

Donate to the Jens Jensen Formal Garden Restoration Project.

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