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Dearborn in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Nature vs. Nurture

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, September 13, 2016
1. Nature vs. Nurture Marker
Inscription. In 1926, a 2.5-acre rose garden was designed for this meadow, with the help of landscape architect Herbert Kellaway and rosarian Harriet Foote. Once completed, the garden contained approximately 10,000 rose plants of 400 varieties and cost more than $200,000. Other features in the "key hole" design included a screened summerhouse, a pergola, several ponds, and a stone bridge. As president of the National Women's Farm and Garden Association and the Garden Club of Dearborn, Mrs. Ford invited many groups to visit the gardens and join her for summer teas.

In 1915, the Fords hired noted landscape designer Jens Jensen to landscape their property surrounding their new home. As a result, a series of meadows and informal gardens was planned and built northwest of the home, including this area. Jensen was a major proponent of designing landscapes that appeared natural and featured native plants. Although Mrs. Ford liked the informal gardens, she decided to redesign this meadow as a formal rose garden, as recommended by Harriet Foote. As a result, Jens Jensen resigned.
 
Erected by Henry Ford Estate and MotorCities National Heritage Area.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area marker series.
 
Location.
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By Joel Seewald, September 13, 2016
2. Left image
42° 18.985′ N, 83° 14.114′ W. Marker is in Dearborn, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker can be reached from Fair Lane Drive 0.3 miles west of Evergreen Road. Touch for map. This marker is found on the grounds of the Henry Ford Estate, Fair Lane, about 1/4 mile from the mansion. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4901 Evergreen Road, Dearborn MI 48128, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Giving Nature a Hand (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Path of the Setting Sun (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rock Garden Masterpiece (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Trail Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away); On the River (approx. 0.2 miles away); Preserving Fair Lane — An Iconic American Estate (approx. 0.2 miles away); From Farmland to Great Estate (approx. 0.2 miles away); From State Fair to Fair Lane/Peony Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dearborn.
 
Categories. Horticulture & ForestryMan-Made Features
 
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By Joel Seewald, September 13, 2016
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Today, nature has won the battle over nurture in this area. But remnants of this designed landscape, along with historic photographs and plans, provide clues to its once nurtured condition.
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By Joel Seewald, September 13, 2016
4. Nature vs. Nurture Marker
Closeup of the map.
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By Joel Seewald, September 13, 2016
5. Nature vs. Nurture Marker
The Lily Pond is behind the marker on the left and the summer house can be seen on the right.
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By Joel Seewald, September 13, 2016
6. Nature vs. Nurture Marker
View from the summer house overlooking the lily pond. The bridge is barely visible at the end of the middle path.
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By Joel Seewald, September 13, 2016
7. Bridge
View from the pergola area, with the small stone bridge in front, looking towards the summer house.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 19, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 19, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 86 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 19, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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