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Evanston -- Grosse Point Lighthouse Wildflower Trail Park

Object Details

sova.aag.gca_ref6765
GUID
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb62fd38a1c-d2b8-4a12-89f7-2505b4a78c0f
General
In 1937, the Park Board gave permission for the planning of a wildflower trail to the Garden Club of Evanston, who hired the well-known landscape architect, Jens Jensen, to draw the plans for the quarter acre space. Native herbs and trees such as black oaks, honey locusts, basswood, sugar and silver maples, black cherries, and American elms were preserved. Jensen added pin oaks, cut-leaf maples, weeping birches, wild crabapples, and wild cherries. The first planting included eight varieties of violets native to Evanston, a fern collection, and wild plants which were taken from highway and residential development areas. Plantings were designed to give the appearance of a natural woodland, except that each species was grouped in a mass to make a better show. A fountain was installed west of the picnic shelter at the south side. Later, a garden seat was added. Dr. Margery Carlson helped to restore the trail in 1960 with new plants. The Garden Club of Evanston continues to maintain the garden to the present day.
Persons and organizations associated with the garden include: United States Government (former owner, 1871-1935); Evanston Lighthouse Park District (owners, 1937 to present); Garden Club of Evanston (caretaker, 1937-present); and Jens Jenson (landscape architect, 1937).
Landscape architect
Jensen, Jens, 1860-1951
Provenance
Garden Club of Evanston (Evanston, Ill.)
Collection Creator
Garden Club of America
Place
Grosse Point Lighthouse Wildflower Trail Garden (Evanston, Illinois)
United States of America -- Illinois -- Cook County -- Evanston
Topic
Gardens -- Illinois -- Evanston
Landscape architect
Jensen, Jens, 1860-1951
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The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / Illinois
Sponsor
A project to describe images in this finding aid received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care Initiative, administered by the National Collections Program.
Archival Repository
Archives of American Gardens
Identifier
AAG.GCA, File IL113
Type
Archival materials
Collection Citation
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Collection Rights
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Scope and Contents
The folder includes a worksheet, site map, narrative history, and a plant list.
Collection Restrictions
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Related Materials
Grosse Point Lighthouse Wildflower Trail Park related holdings consist of 1 folder (5 35 mm. slides)
AAG.GCA_ref6765
Large EAD
AAG.GCA
AAG
Record ID
ebl-1643208220039-1643210179263-1
Evanston -- Grosse Point Lighthouse Wildflower Trail Park
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