A New Garden Ethic
In a time of mass extinction and climate change, how and for whom we garden matters more than ever. Our built landscapes reflect the dominant ethos of our society—they are too often made to meet the needs and desires of humans without consideration for the diversity of other species with whom we share our planet. What would happen if our society not only developed compassion for other species but recognized and advocated for their inherent worth? Benjamin Vogt will explore why our gardens are ideal settings to cultivate this compassion, and how they can help us grow into our fullest potential as stewards of life.
In addition to A New Garden Ethic, Benjamin Vogt is the author of the forthcoming Prairie Up: An Introduction to Natural Garden Design. Based in Lincoln, Nebraska, he owns Monarch Gardens, a prairie-inspired design firm. His work has been featured in The American Gardener, Fine Gardening, Garden Design, Horticulture, and Midwest Living.