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Lyceum Lecture Series: A New Garden Ethic
January 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Benjamin Vogt is an author, garden designer, speaker, and owner of Monarch Gardens in Nebraska. In this talk, Benjamin explores ecology, science, psychology, and philosophy as we ponder how to embrace native plant gardens as a place to create social and cultural change in a time of climate change and extinction.
Gardens are meant to celebrate the beauty of wildness and translate our emotional connection to nature, but how can they do that if they are primarily created for us alone? Our actions matter in profound ways, and one way we can positively impact our environment is by how we garden. Landscape design emphasizing sustainable practices and native plants can be beautiful and functional for a wide array of species, but few understand why human and animal communities are so widely impacted by urban wildlife gardens.
Benjamin addresses why our society’s increasing time spent indoors, and manicured monocultures in urban nature spaces are harming our physical and mental health. He examines how environmentalism is not political but rather social justice for species facing extinction, and how growing native plants in our gardens and landscapes we can create a compassionate activism that connects us more profoundly to nature and to one another.
What does a 21st century garden ethic look like? Join Benjamin for his unique, inspired lecture.
Benjamin has an M.F.A. (Ohio State) and Ph.D. (Nebraska) in English and has taught over fifty college classes for which he’s received multiple awards. Monarch Gardens has been featured in Fine Gardening, Garden Design, Nebraska Life, the Omaha World Herald, and the Lincoln Journal Star. Benjamin wrote an award-winning garden column for Houzz (over 3 million reads with 200 articles) He has been interviewed for dozens of articles, books, and podcasts while speaking nationally on environmental activism and sustainable urban design for wildlife.
Photo courtesy of Benjamin Vogt
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