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Don’t give your garden a holiday

Keep your garden growing while you’re sunning yourself overseas. Hannah Stephenson shows you how.

There’s no reason your garden has to end up looking like a sea of straggly, wilted plants while you’re on holiday, even if you don’t have neighbours or friends who’ll water it while you are away.

The secret is to have water-saving plans in place, along with tactics which will lead to the least water loss possible.

Hanging baskets, among the thirstiest of customers, can be dunked in a bucket of water, or an old washing-up bowl filled with water, and given a complete soaking before you go. Then, if you have room, dig a shallow hole in a shady bed which will house the basket while you’re away. Place a water globe, or a plastic bottle with the end cut off, spout-side down into the basket and fill it with water so that the plants receive a gradual top-up.

Place your patio pots together in a shady spot, to slow down evaporation, then give them a thorough soaking and place them on a large tray housing soaked capillary matting, which should feed the roots with enough moisture until your return. Cut a strip of matting, submerging one end in a nearby bucket of water, and the other running down to the matting in the tray, which should act as a conduit to keep it moist.

There are also many automatic irrigation systems available, varying in simplicity. Most work on a timer system attached to your outside tap, supplying water via drip feeders or soaker hoses to release water slowly to the areas it’s needed in the beds and borders, or to your patio plants. More sophisticated types have sensors which detect rain and adjust the watering requirements accordingly, while others start and stop the irrigation process according to moisture levels in the soil.

For those with plants such as tomatoes, there are troughs available on to which you can place a growbag. Underneath the trough is a reservoir which will keep plants watered for up to 14 days through capillary watering spikes which pierce the growbag and supply the roots with the water they need.

Of course, canny gardeners will have thought about the problems of watering and will have gone for plants which don’t require much help. Geraniums, for instance, love Mediterranean climates and will survive for some time without water. Cosmos, escholzia (Californian poppy), gazania, morning glory and helichrysum are all pretty drought tolerant, as are diascia, nicotiana, osteospermum and zinnia.

Don’t worry if your grass dries out. If you mow it before you go, leave the clippings on the lawn which will act as a mulch and conserve moisture. Otherwise, feel free to leave it long and then you should be able to give it a good cut on your return, while the long grass will have protected the strong roots underneath. Grass invariably grows back healthily with the autumn rains.

If you have a vegetable garden, give it a thorough soaking so the water goes deep down into the ground to the roots, as late as you can before you leave. If you have neighbours, get them to harvest any ripening produce (either for you or for themselves).

If you’re away for more than a few days, remove young beans, immature peas and baby courgettes as if these mature on the vine, the plant will stop fruiting. If you’ve grown sweet peas with your climbing beans, to help with pollination, pick off all the sweet pea flowers (not just the ones in bloom) because otherwise the plants will stop flowering.

You may inevitably lose some plants while you’re on holiday – but with a little TLC and a good deadhead or trim on your return, they may bounce back to give you pleasure for the rest of the summer.

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Free gardening seminar with Doug on Saturday, Summer gardening tips

I’ll be presenting “Summer Gardening Tips” on Saturday 7/19/14, 11 a.m. at Plumline Nursery’s Customer Appreciation Day.

This is the fourth year I’ve appeared at the event and it’s an awesome day. The nursery is filled with unique plants and many are on sale. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will be there, there’s free food, games for the kids and more.

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Gardening guru dishes out tips at school garden opening

EXPERT: Costa Georgiadis in the Tin Can Bay P-10 State School garden on Monday. Contributed

TIN Can Bay P-10 State School students got tips straight from the expert when Costa Georgiadis from ABC’s Gardening Australia dropped in on Monday.

The popular gardening guru attended assembly before opening the school’s kitchen garden.

Costa’s aunt, Debbie George, lives in Tin Can Bay and has been keeping him up-to-date with the progress of the garden since it was resurrected late last year.

School chaplain Chappy Ronnie said Costa’s visit was a great way to encourage students and inspire them about the importance of growing and eating healthy food.

“Costa was the right man for the job – the kids absolutely loved him and didn’t want him to leave,” he said.

The school is part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation which provides schools across Australia with the tools to link kitchen garden classes with subjects such as maths, history, geography, technology and learning about the environment.

Year 6 students were introduced to the garden after the official opening and were inspired by Costa’s passion for growing and eating fresh vegies.

They will be involved in a weekly garden class under the supervision of a team of volunteers led by garden specialists Lindsay Fewster and Ian Webb.

Kitchen sessions will also be starting later this month when the students will harvest produce from the garden and use it to create healthy dishes they will then share.

CTC Employment, in partnership with the school, is starting a Work for the Dole program this week that will run for the next six months under Mr Webb’s supervision.

A number of unemployed Tin Can Bay residents will be part of the program and one of the goals is to take the kitchen garden to the level of being self-sufficient.

A special cake was produced to commemorate the day, but before it was shared around, Costa thought he’d get in first for the lion’s share.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Carpet the garden and other clever reader tips

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Mary Hunt

Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:30 am

Everyday Cheapskate: Carpet the garden and other clever reader tips


No more weeds. Some years ago we decided to set out 18 tomato plants and — wouldn’t you know it? — the area we chose for the garden was covered with millions of tiny weeds. Preparation of the soil appeared to be overwhelming. In a moment of amazing creativity, we decided to cover the area with an old piece of carpeting, weeds and all. We made 18 3-inch cross cuts, one for each plant. We lifted each cut, dug a hole beneath and set the plants. We had a very colorful tomato patch (the carpet was yellow), vigorous plant growth and gorgeous easy-to-harvest tomatoes. Even during dry months, our tomatoes grew and produced remarkable yields with hardly a weed. Since then we’ve used old carpeting for our strawberries, too. — Dolores B., Illinois

Painting trick. When tackling a painting job you may not be able to complete in one day, don’t waste all of the paint in the rollers and brushes by cleaning them. Simply wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and store in the freezer. The next day simply remove the wrap and you’ll be ready to pick up right where you left off. — Catherine F., Washington

Hair rid. My hair stylist recommends this home treatment (cheap) instead of an expensive $25-$35 salon treatment for removing build-up of minerals, conditions, sprays, mousses and gels. Wash hair with a gentle shampoo and rinse in cool water. Towel dry hair. Saturate hair with apple cider vinegar (not white vinegar which is too harsh). Wrap hair in a plastic cup or plastic wrap and heat with a blow dryer for 10-15 minutes. Rinse hair thoroughly and shampoo again. — Jennifer D., Michigan

Garden tie-ups. Save your old pantyhose or tights to use in your garden. I cut them in long strips and then use them to tie my tomato plants to the stakes or tomatoes cages. They are great for tying other vegetables (string beans, cucumbers, vine plants) to the fences. Nylons are better than string because they stretch and don’t cut off the plants’ circulation. — Sheila G., New Hampshire

One for two. Long lip liner and eyeliner pencils are awkward and don’t fit into the typical makeup bag. Solution: Break one in half and sharpen both pieces. Now you have two manageable pencils for the price of one. — Linda S., New York

DIY pillow slips. Because pillowcases have become so expensive, I’ve begun making my own. I buy a fitted sheet and two flat sheets, making sure the second flat is queen sized regardless of the size of the matching set. Out of the queen flat sheet I make three sets of pillowcases. By analyzing a commercially made pillowcase, it is easy to measure and create a pattern and see how it is put together. — Virginia S., Texas

Yellow be gone. To remove the “yellow” from old linens: Dissolve 1/4-cup automatic dishwasher detergent (like powdered Cascade) into a large stainless steel pan (not aluminum) of boiling water. Allow the items to soak for 8 hours. Rinse. Run through regular wash. — Kathy V., Missouri

Would you like to send a tip to Mary? You can email her at, or write to Everyday Cheapskate, P.O. Box 2099, Cypress, CA 90630. Include your first and last name and state. Mary Hunt is the founder of and author of 24 books, including her 2013 release “The Smart Woman’s Guide to Planning for Retirement.” 


Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:30 am.

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Cleanup Tips For Your Garden During Fall


Cleanup Tips For Your Garden During Fall

Tip 1: Trimming dead foliage:

Trimmings dead foliage and composting healthy trimmings is a very important point that needs to be taken into consideration. More than anything else, this helps in enhancing the overall health of your garden.

Tip 2: Cleaning leaves:

Dropped leaves and dead plans need to be done away with. If they are allowed to stay fro to long, they may have detrimental affects on the health of the soil.

Tip 3: Mulching:

If you are put up in a location wherein it doesn’t snow, mulching is the perfect alternative. Mulching helps a great deal in preserving overall plant health.

Tip 4: Gardening Tools:

The hallmark of a good gardener is that he or she makes perfect use of gardening tools. Gardening tools are crucial as far as evolving a healthy garden is concerned. Make sure yiou use the right tools. Don’t hesitate to take guidance in this regard.

Tip 5: You Vegetable Garden- Make Sure You Keep it Clean:

Vegetable gardens demand extra care and effort for it is very easy for crops to get damaged. While dealing with vegetable crops, remember to use the right tools. Mulching will help a good deal too. Make sure you constantly clean up your vegetable garden in order to avoid attracting any sorts of uninvited pests.

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Blenheim Palace Garden Designer of the Year Uses ExcelEdge Aluminium Edging

Kent Landscape company, Slate Grey has recently picked up Best in Show and Garden Designer of the Year at this year’s Blenheim Palace Flower Show. The company’s design incorporated ExcelEdge aluminium edging to great effect.

Hastings, UK — (SBWIRE) — 07/16/2014 — Kent based landscape company, Slate Grey, has recently picked up Best in Show and Garden Designer of the Year at this year’s Blenheim Palace Flower Show. Their garden incorporated ExcelEdge aluminium edging in a design named ‘Inner Space’.

Slate Grey provides high quality landscaping services in Kent, Surrey and East and West Sussex and entered the Blenheim Palace Flower Show with their ‘Inner Space’ design that followed a ‘mysterious seclusion’ theme. The design incorporates 1400 plants, 18 metres of mature hedging, a limestone path and ExcelEdge AluExcel aluminium edging. The centrepiece of the design is David Harber’s ‘Dark Planet’, a garden sphere with the apparent mass of hundreds of perfectly positioned pebbles.

The centre ring of the design was bespoke built in steel and powder-coated edging by ExcelEdge, a Kinley Systems brand. All remaining edging was in ExcelEdge AluExcel AE150M aluminium edging, powder coated to match the steel ring. Designed to edge or demarcate asphalt, rubber coating and other hard surface areas, AE150 is easy to install and is made from hard-wearing recycled and recyclable aluminium.

Slate Grey’s Richard Ayles commented on his company’s usage of AluExcel: “Kinley Systems pre-formed edging is beautifully made, easy to install and looks stunning. It certainly attracted a lot of attention at the show”. He added; “The preforming makes those perfect curves possible to achieve on a short time frame. The sales team were very helpful with this project from day one and the results speak for themselves”.

The Blenheim Flower Show, which took place over the 20th, 21st and 22nd of June at Blenheim House, attracted 38,000 visitors who enjoyed over 150 floral and garden exhibitions including a Grand Floral Marquee, garden landscapes and more. Of the high standard of entrants, Slate Grey’s design was selected as ‘Best in Show’ and the company was awarded this moniker along with ‘Garden Designer of the Year’, presented by celebrity gardener Monty Don and Judges Tim Miles and Jim Buttress, all of whom were very complimentary about how the garden had been created.

Kinley Systems was very pleased to have its product incorporated into this year’s winning design. The Hastings-based company’s ExcelEdge range of aluminium edging is used increasingly more by developers, architects, landscape designers and landscape architects who recognise the many benefits over less hard-wearing and easy to work with products. To learn more about the company’s broader range of innovative products for landscape environments can be seen at

Follow this link to download a zip file containing images of the award winning design –

Kinley Systems
Haywood Way
East Sussex
TN35 4PL

Tel: +44 (0)1424 201 111
Fax: +44 (0)1424 533 004


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5 things to do under $5 July 17-23

1 Dive-in Movie: Everything is awesome when they play The Lego Movie poolside Friday at the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center. The Olympic-sized pool has a spray play area for kids and two large water slides. Bring your noodles, floats and chairs for movie watching. Gates open at 8 p.m. and the movie starts after sunset at 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. $4.

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2 Tampa Bay Home Show: Featuring hundreds of home specialists all in one location, you can find everything from furniture to decorating ideas to landscaping, remodeling and interior design. Home improvement experts will give talks and demonstrations. It runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Free admission and parking.

3 Rock Against Cancer: Area rockers come together to raise money to benefit local cancer causes. Bands include Nerds Raging, Slade and the Wasters, Old Tuners-n-Punk Rock Duders, ShinraCo, Trash Can and Unity Rise. They will be playing at Fubar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, starting at 7 p.m. Saturday. $5.

4 Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival: Pianists from 19 countries will visit the University of South Florida for this second annual piano festival at the USF School of Music in Barness Hall. Founded by renowned Steinway artist Rebecca Penneys, the festival includes an international faculty and wide-ranging classes. It started earlier this week and runs through August with numerous free concerts. At 4 p.m. Friday, Enrico Elisi and Penneys will perform works by Satie, Liszt, Chopin and more. There are also concerts at 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at the concert hall at 3755 USF Holly Drive, Tampa. For a full schedule, visit

5 Art in the PARC: This is the seventh year for this art show, which benefits local artists with disabilities. It will take place in the Duke Energy lobby from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at 299 First Ave. N in St. Petersburg. There will be more than 1,000 pieces of artwork and jewelry created by PARC artists with developmental disabilities as well as food, refreshments and music. PARC artists will be on hand to meet guests and discuss their work. Free. (727) 341-6903.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

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Downtown Parking- Call For Ideas

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Posted by Menlo Voter,
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 13, 2014 at 10:33 am

Build a parking garage. The problem is not enough available parking.

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Posted by Mike Keenly,
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jul 14, 2014 at 1:22 pm

It’s simple, read the signs and park within the lines. How difficult is that?

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Posted by Peter Carpenter,
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 14, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

I will repeat my earlier suggestion – transfer parking enforcement from the Police Dept to Jim Cogan who is responsible for economic development. Cogan’s rules would be designed to maximize the use of the city’s parking rather than to generate fines.

And then build a parking structure which is beautifully designed and has lots of landscaping.

Here what can be done with a bit of creativity:

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“downtown Brooklyn’s plans to build an automated parking garage underneath a public park. Willoughby Square Park is scheduled to open in 2016, built upon 700 parking spaces that will be hidden from eyesight and ‘reduce the amount of exhaust pollution associated with idling in traditional parking garages.’

The contractor, Automotion Parking Systems, will fit three times as many vehicles in the same square footage of a traditional parking garage.

The system is outlined below:

How Automotion Works: Park. Swipe. Leave. It’s that simple. Each customer will follow the ramp beneath the park and drive into one of Automotion’s 12 entry/exit rooms. Once they enter the large well-lit room, they will be greeted by a large flat screen TV that aids them in properly placing their car on a pallet in the middle of the room. Drivers park and lock their cars, then swipe their credit card at an Automotion Kiosk to initiate the parking process. Each vehicle is then transported automatically to its storage bay while the customer is walking away. When returning, the customer swipes the same credit card again and the car is returned back to the entry/exit room in less than 2 minutes, ready to be driven away. Since no one has touched the car, there is no risk of scratches, dents or dings, nor any chance of theft of goods left inside of the car.

Full sized trees, gardens, and other typical park features will hide the garage, and provide a space people can use.

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Posted by Common Criminal,
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
9 hours ago

I guess the city prefers to make ordinary citizens, shoppers and consumers into common criminals, issuing tickets right and left, and generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. Maybe a better approach would be to find incentives to increase business, sales tax revenues and consumer loyalty. The issue may be aggressive enforcement that discourages, instead of encourages, shopping locally, going to restaurants and nearby stores for leisurely visits lasting longer than two hours and building goodwill as a favored destination. People have choices, with Stanford Shopping Center, Town and Country Village and downtown Palo Alto not too far away.

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Posted by Dagwood,
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
7 hours ago

I agree with the above: Build a parking garage and pay attention to the signage.
What’s stopping a parking garage are obstructionist downtown business and property owners who continue to prevent MP from moving forward. Forget about what should be their leadership in doing that.

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Posted by Tunbridge Wells,
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
7 hours ago

Tunbridge Wells is a registered user.

The most cost-effective way to improve the parking situation would be to make it more appealing to ride your bike there. This town is basically flat, the climate is mild, downtown is an easy destination. The problem is lots of people find it intimidating to ride across El Camino Real, and there isn’t much visible bike parking downtown. Ride your bike, you don’t have to worry about a parking ticket. If more people did that, parking would not be a problem at all. What it would cost the city to make downtown more bikeable would cost a fraction of what it would cost to build a parking structure.

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Posted by Colin Jenkins,
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
6 hours ago

The last proposal I heard for the cost of a parking garage was in the neighborhood of $20K – $30K per parking space depending on the style of garage. I may be fuzzy on the exact amount but that’s the ballpark number I remember. My recollection is that the city wasn’t interested in paying for it but the merchants via the property owners would be assessed. Speaking for myself, if that happens here, I can say that we’re probably out of business.

Ironically, I was told by a member of one of Menlo Park’s long-time property-owning families that the merchants purchased the property for the current parking lots and gave them to the city some time in the 40’s or 50’s. I’m not sure what the agreement was but I’m pretty sure that the intention then was not to have future merchants pay again for a parking garage. Seems like the city has been making a lot of money off of these lots and should use that money to build parking garages.

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Posted by Roy Thiele-Sardiña,
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
4 hours ago

Roy Thiele-Sardiña is a registered user.

The parking situation in MPK is horrible. They issued .8 tickets per resident last year. While my office is in MPK, I generally make lunch meetings happen in Palo Alto because they have garages (with electric car chargers) that can accommodate the traffic. Palo Alto subsequently gets my tax revenue.

We need garages here, I know that goes against the “village character” moniker that many would imply of Menlo Park. But then again 20,000 plus parking tickets doesn’t sound like a quaint “friendly” village to me either.

Roy Thiele-Sardina

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Posted by Nikola T,
a resident of another community
4 hours ago

I got a real kick out of Mr. Sardiña’s highly charged remarks.

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Posted by Mike Keenly,
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
4 hours ago

We shop and eat in downtown MP regularly and have *never* gotten a parking ticket. It’s not hard to follow the simple parking rules.

Roy’s 0.8 number is deceptive in that it doesn’t indicate who is getting these tickets (residents or others), and if a certain few are regularly getting many more tickets than others.

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Posted by Spanky,
a resident of another community
2 hours ago

Get rid of the 200 shrinks that rent 25 offices.

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Posted by Marcy Magatelli,
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
15 minutes ago

I live and work in Downtown Menlo Park, but I still need a car…not everything can be done on a bicycle, especially when you are as old as I am! Because I need to make deliveries for my business, I pay a hefty $600. year for a permit to park, not “anywhere” in dwntwn MP, but only in the one designated lot, which is fine, but in the 3 years I have parked in my assigned lot, I have received 1 of those “on-the-line” not over the line tickets, and another for a spot w/no sign posted, but an almost totally worn-off white sign, painted on the actual spot, which from the car, I did not see. I have been friendly, and talked with the parking officers, and they know my car where I work, but that did make them want to knock on my back door and tell me I was parked illegally, or give me a “warning” for first offense, since I am a season ticket holder; nope! they just ticketed me, as though I was a visitor from another town. However, since the last ticket, I have noticed…no more eye contact, no more smiling waves??? Seems like someone knew they could have used a gentler approach for a first offense. Bad form! That is a buzz-kill for the small, home town feeling.

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Residents concerned about possible gas pipeline to Canada

(WXYZ) – A natural gas company is making plans to build a pipeline to Canada through southeastern Michigan.

The Energy Transfer Rover Pipeline Company says for all of us that use natural gas, it would mean an increase in supply and perhaps savings for people in Michigan.

For some residents in and around neighborhoods where it would be built,  there is a sense of déjà vu.  Some of the line would run by the Enbridge 6-B pipeline that in areas was just recently replaced last year.

“I want them to be ethical and respect the rights of property owners.  Treat those impacted fairly,” said Andrea Ryeson.

She received a letter recently notifying her about the plans. She  is waiting for details on how it could impact her land in Ortonville.

People who live have past experience with pipelines in her community say her concerns are justified.

Jeff Insko started a blog for property owners impacted by pipelines after having issues as Enbridge worked on his Holly property. His goal is educating property owners about their rights.

He says he has found himself in repeated negotiations as he works to get Enbridge to restore his property after work. There have been complaints of sloppy landscaping, changes in slope causing flooding, and a refusal to replace trees near the land.  He says his advice for anyone contacted by a pipeline company looking to purchase rights is to consult with a lawyer before agreeing to anything.

A spokesperson for Energy Transfers company says the company will be fair.

Planning for the project is still in the works.  It plans to submit an application to the federal government in January.

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Jens Jensen featured in new documentary

Jens Jensen may be one of the few landscape architects who had to fight his way to the top of a profession known for idyllic, outdoor vistas of trees, plants, flowers and ponds.

Called the Frank Lloyd Wright of landscape design, the fiery Danish immigrant, whose naturalistic gardens and landscapes dot Chicago and the North Shore, had to battle “greedy industrialists” and Chicago bureaucrats in order to preserve his visions for working people.

“Jens Jensen: The Living Green,” a documentary six years in the making, will be screened at 8 p.m. Aug. 7 in the park named after him at 486 Roger Williams Ave.

The 55-minute “doc”, presented by The Ravinia Neighbor’s Association, is filmmaker Carey Lundin’s first feature-length work. It is narrated by Jensen’s great granddaughter, Jensen Wheeler Wolfe, an actress and entrepreneur in New York City.

The architect’s mission was to inspire working people, whom he said were desensitized by drab, unimaginative urban sprawl, by preserving and incorporating Midwestern prairie, native plants, trees and rock formations into landscape design.

Jensen designed Chicago’s Humboldt, Garfield and Columbus parks and created the grounds surrounding mansions owned by the Ford, Rosenwald and Armour families.

Lundin, who grew up in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, said a major breakthrough in the documentary came two years in with the discovery of four acetate recordings from a Milwaukee television station’s interview of Jensen fewer than 10 years before his death.

“A librarian, at a Milwaukee museum where the recordings were housed, called us and said she had four records of a Jens Jensen interview,” she said. “My husband and co producer, Mark Frazel, put the phone down, jumped into his car and drove up there.”

Modern technology elevated a seven-decade old, static-filled interview into usable narrative from the man himself.

“The sound was terrible,” Lundin said. “It was so crackly and poppy. There were so many phone calls on how to save this thing. We were calling phonographic societies and we called the Louis Armstrong Museum and they sent us to a place that cleans up records.”

The content of the recordings, said Lundin, revealed “a very passionate interview by a woman who was able to pull out of him his history, and his passion for what he was doing.

“It was an incredible find for us and also a scholarship about him. A film needs a magic alchemy for it to happen.”

Hundreds of photographs also became grist for the documentary and Lundin observed that Jensen, “tall, handsome,” knew how to court publicity.

“He was clearly open to people shooting photos of him,” she said. “He was in the public eye a lot. We had a lot of family photos. You’ll see him in different moods and we took advantage of that totally, to tell a story of a man who could be pensive, furious with people, laughing, or pondering.”

Lundin deduced that Jensen “had to recognize in the back of his mind that his work had to be documented. He was a picture of European elegance, dressed in perfect suits by Kuppenheimer, layers of tweed, with scarves his wife made and that stature and that hair. Between the way he looked and the way he sounded, he had so much personal charisma. He went toe to toe with Henry Ford and the titans of industry.”

Lundin said the film brings out the early 1900s era in Chicago, “which was like the wild, Wild West, where people came and struck gold and it was no-holds-barred for a long, long time.”

The documentary shows, said Lundin, “that it took a real champion like Jensen, who said we needed to (control) the explosion of cars, industry, space and people. He saw what was happening and called attention to it, and got others like him, to save the way our city was being set up.

“I hope my film wakes people up. There were ideas how a city could be planned that we now call sustainability. The value of nature, access to food and green space, that has only become a reality in (recent) years.”

Jensen died in 1951 at his beloved Door County “folk arts” school, The Clearing, 128 acres on the shore of Green Bay, Wis. He was 92, but was not slowed down by age in his final years, said his great granddaughter, who was raised in Wilmette and graduated from New Trier East High School.

“What stands out to me, other than things people already know,” said Wolfe, “is that when he built The Clearing Folks School (in 1935), he was 75 years old. In the 1940s, people in their 70s didn’t do things like that. He was in his 90s and swimming in the waters and eating oatmeal in the morning and working at the school.”

Nancy Webster, archivist for the Highland Park Historical Society, said a documentary on Jens Jensen can inform the public of the famed architect’s work in their communities.

“His landscaping is at several Highland Park schools, at Ravinia and at lots of private homes in the area. A documentary like this can make people curious and do additional reading on the subject.”

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