Jensen, Jens(1860–1951) landscape architect; born in Dybbol, Denmark. Coming to America at age 24, he became a gardener in the Chicago West Parks in 1886, and rapidly rose to become superintendent of Humboldt Park, a position he held until 1900 when he was fired because he exposed graft in the Chicago parks system. Creating the "prairie style of landscape design," he distributed local plants along broad lawns for midwestern parks (1900–35), retiring to run Clearing, a rustic school of landscape design in Wisconsin.
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