Illinois Roadside Prairie Wildflowers
       
     
Lilly Pool, Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago
       
     
Lurie Garden, Millennium Park, Chicago
       
     
Lincoln Memorial Garden, Springfield, IL
       
     
Illinois Roadside Prairie Wildflowers
       
     
Illinois Roadside Prairie Wildflowers

Jens Jensen, lauded by the New York Times as “the dean of landscape architecture” cultivated an authentic set of values rooted in the idea that we all share a natural heritage together. Some of Jensen’s contemporaries from the Prairie School era included Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Dwight H. Perkins, Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, who all shared a vision for organic design–working with natural materials, rockwork and plants. May T. Watts, Alfred Caldwell, Carl Sandburg and Jane Addams were among his cherished friends, who all appear in Prairie Prose.

The Prairie Prose Cooperative Game Series includes:

Prairie Prose

Prairie Prose - Tea House Edition

Harvest Dreams

Princess on the Prairie

Prairie Fairies

Related Games:

Quills! Elizabethan Edition I & II

Quills! Concord Edition II: Heroes & Heroines

Lilly Pool, Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago
       
     
Lilly Pool, Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago

Jens Jensen inaugurated the first ‘American Garden’ in Chicago with his plantings of native plants to the city and created the first modern glass house in the country with his design of the Garfield Park Conservatory. He also organized ‘The Pageant of the Year and Play Festival’ in Garfield Park (1915), that exemplifies the outdoor festivities he often orchestrated to raise social awareness to preserve the natural environment. About 1,400 costumed children and adults came together to tell the story of the changing seasons of the year, enjoyed by an outdoor audience of 25,000+ which inspired the creation of the Prairie Fairies cooperative game experience.

Lurie Garden, Millennium Park, Chicago
       
     
Lurie Garden, Millennium Park, Chicago

Moved by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, Jensen wrote about nature in a book called Siftings. He was an early conservationist who co-organized theatrical performances, fairy festivals and pageants to save endangered landscapes, including the Indiana Dunes. The spirit of Jensen’s life and work makes him a timeless hero for all generations to be inspired by and learn from.

*Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau are featured in the Quills! Concord II Edition: Heroes & Heroines cooperative game set.

Lincoln Memorial Garden, Springfield, IL
       
     
Lincoln Memorial Garden, Springfield, IL

As a gift to fellow Americans, Jensen designed the Lincoln Memorial Gardens with eight council rings in Springfield, the capitol city of Illinois, where he invited girl and boy scouts to plant acorns, which have blossomed into trees that continue to honor President Lincoln today.