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The Native Landscape Reader

Edited by Robert E. Grese
In this volume Robert E. Grese gathers together writings on nature-based landscape design and conservation by some of the country's most significant practitioners, horticulturalists, botanists, and conservationists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Written with a strong conservation ethic, these essays often originally appeared in obscure, short-lived publications and are difficult to locate today, comprising a rich but hidden literature.

Over many years of pioneering research into the work of Jens Jensen, O. C. Simonds, and other early landscape architects who advocated for the use of native plants and conservation, Grese encountered and began collecting these pieces. With this volume, he offers readers his trove. Purposely avoiding literature that is widely available, Grese shares as well his experience of discovery. His introduction provides perspective on the context of these writings and the principles they espouse, and his conclusion illuminates their relevance today with the emerging emphasis on sustainable design. This collection will appeal to general readers interested in the issues of sustainability, horticulture and gardening, and landscape design and preservation, as well as to historians, practitioners, and specialists.

Published in association with Library of American Landscape History:

About the Author

ROBERT E. GRESE is professor of landscape archi-tecture at the University of Michigan and author of Jens Jensen: Maker of Natural Parks and Gardens, which was also published in association with the Library of American Landscape History (


"The relevance of these writings to the current issues of biodiversity, native plants, and sustainability cannot be overemphasized. . . . This extensive collection is a valuable addition to landscape scholarship and practice."—Robert L. Ryan, coauthor of With People in Mind: Design and Management of Everyday Nature

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