Free Preview of Jens Jensen – The Living Green

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Join us at the One Earth Film Festival

Jens Jensen
The Living Green
Saturday, March 8, 2014
2 Pm to 4 PM
Triton College, River Grove

This award winning documentary portrays how Danish-born Jens Jensen (1860 – 1951) rose from street sweeper, to ‘dean of landscape architecture’, to pioneering conservationist in troubled, early Chicago. At great risk to his family, he battles corruption and unbridled industrial expansion to bring ‘the living green’ into the wretched lives of Chicago’s workers. Jensen leverages relationships with Frank Lloyd Wright, Julius Rosenwald, and Henry Ford  to create a conservation fervor that stopped the steel mills from industrializing an entire Indiana shoreline.

Filmmaker Carey Lundin along with Shaun Spikes of The Student Conservation Association  will be in attendance at the 3/8 screening.

Striking cinematography and an evocative soundtrack illuminate colorful witness from Prairie School architect Alfred Caldwell and an intensely reflective interview with Jensen. Today, Jensen’s story inspires – we can stand up for bringing the living green in our neighborhoods and for protecting our natural lands from the threat of development.

Reserve your complimentary tickets” and link to the Jens Jensen page on the OEFF website, here


Dig Right in Landscaping

Freyja Conrad, Senior Design Consultant
Dig Right In Landscaping
February 23, 2:30-4:30
Dominican Priory Campus, Room 259
7200 Division Street
River Forest, IL

Freyja Conrad’s presentation  will include plant suggestions and maintenance needed to incorporate natives into our urban landscapes.  ”Every homeowner can do a small amount to restore the environment one yard at a time,” she says.  An organic gardener from an early age, Freyja has more than 14 years experience working in residential gardens.

She has earned certification in Sustainable Landscape Design from the City of Chicago Department of Environment’s Center for Green Technology, completed the ILCA Institute of Design Seminar and is an educated member of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, a non-profit organization promoting the greening of urban spaces.She has traveled extensively and studied landscapes throughout Europe and Central America to bring her love of plants, nature and design principles to residential landscapes in Chicagoland.


29th Annual Native Plant Management Seminar

CAMPTON HILLS, IL     Reservations for Garfield Farm Museum’s 29th annual Prairie, Woodlands, and Wetlands Management Seminar to be held on Saturday, February 22nd from 8:30 am-4:30pm are now being taken. From backyard gardeners, home owner associations, to owners of natural area acreage, this seminar covers all the key methods and techniques of preserving and using the best adapted plants for the Illinois environment. Experts Roy Diblik, Conner Shaw and Jerome Johnson will help explain the best techniques and methods to increase and maintain native plants communities. There is a $55 donation for the all day seminar which includes lunch and refreshments. Half day attendance without lunch is $25.

Read morehere


In the next few newsletters will will feature a bio from one of our board members.


Ginger Brown, WildOnes Membership Chair

My life began in 1960 on an island in the Caribbean (St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands).  Some of my happiest memories were of sitting in a tree and observing nature.  When I moved to Oak Park I started gardening using cultivars.  In 1998 my 100 year old Elm died and suddenly my front yard had sunlight.

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