2022 Summer Program


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Class #31

Landscape Design: Through The Eyes Of Jens Jensen

Bob Grese

June 12 - June 18, 2022


instructor imageThere’s no better place to learn about Jens Jensen’s unique approach to landscape design than at The Clearing. Bob will provide an overview of Jensen’s work throughout his career, and you’ll explore how The Clearing evolved during Jensen’s lifetime and in the years since. You’ll study the ecological conditions Jensen encountered and how he began modifying the property for his family’s retreat and later for the school. You’ll also explore sites in Door County that may have shaped Jensen’s thinking or that Jensen influenced. Finally, you’ll learn how to apply principles of Jensen’s design work in creating sustainable landscapes today.

Supplies for the class include a notebook or sketchbook, and gardening gloves for hands-on work as part of the class. For those wanting to develop ideas for their own home landscapes, bring photographs or plans of your property.

Bob Grese is a professor emeritus of landscape architecture in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan and formerly directed the University’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor. He is a strong advocate of ecologically-based design and ecological restoration. He has researched the work of early landscape architects such as Jens Jensen and O. C. Simonds who were known for their “prairie style” of landscape gardening and design. Bob is the author of Jens Jensen: Maker of Natural Parks and Gardens, and wrote the introductory essay for republishing O. C. Simonds’s book, Landscape Gardening. His book, The Native Landscape Reader, contains writings by Jensen, Simonds and many of their contemporaries.

Bob will contact students prior to class.
Car pooling is required for this class.

Level: All levels

Pricing (per person):
$1180 Dorm Room Package*
$1280 Two-Person Room Package*
$1920 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$675 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals
**package includes tuition & 7 meals


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