Upcoming GPPA Speaker Meeting

Monday, November 15, 2021

Zoom Webinar

Benjamin Vogt
Monarch Gardens

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 social ethics and values that guide our response to reviving wildness in and outside the urban environment. How can we recognize and develop compassion for other species? What role do native plants have in opening us to the perspective of others? What happens to our society when we advocate for the equality and freedom of a silent majority? Through ecology, psychology, landscape design, horticulture, philosophy, social science, and over 100 inspiring images, we'll explore the rich complexity of rethinking pretty and what a garden means in the anthropocene.

Benjamin Vogt owns Monarch Gardens, a prairie-inspired design firm, and is the author of "A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future" as well as the forthcoming "Prairie Up: An Introduction to Natural Garden Design" (2022). His writing and photography have appeared in such publications as The American Gardener, Fine Gardening, Garden Design, Houzz, Midwest Living, and a variety of books. Benjamin has a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska and lives in Lincoln with his wife and son.

For more information, see the Monarch Gardens website.