Grounds & Gardens
The Fords wanted a setting for their home that provided both wide-open and intimate outdoor spaces, with special places for sports, relaxation, nature and gatherings.
Jens Jensen, one of America's foremost landscape designers and conservationists, designed the Ford House garden landscape between 1926-1932. Known as the master of the naturalistic approach to landscaping, Jensen's design style combines woodlands, meadows and wetlands in such a natural way that guests are usually not conscious of any man-made design. Jensen was known for his use of native plants, the sense of vast open space, the play of light and shadow and the element of time and season's change.
His approach to landscape architecture sought to engage all five human senses- the sight of many colors and shapes, the sound of water running, the smell of flowers in bloom, the taste of berries, and the feeling of being surrounded by nature.
This video shows the beauty of the Ford House in the fall. We hope you make a visit here to enjoy all of the seasons!