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Podcast 32: A New Garden Ethic with Benjamin Vogt

Sarah talks to garden designer and author Benjamin Vogt about his book A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future.

Benjamin writes in his book how it’s imperative that we take up a new style of gardening, a new garden ethic, and that we do so fast. Benjamin explains what it means for him to garden with every species in mind and what happens when we separate ourselves from the rest of our garden’s community.

Benjamin Vogt runs Monarch Gardens, a prairie garden design practice. His own garden was named a top outdoor space of 2012 by Apartment Therapy and has been featured in Fine Gardening, Garden Design, Nebraska Life, the Omaha World Herald, the Lincoln Journal Star, and on KOLN (Lincoln’s CBS affiliate).

Benjamin wrote an award-winning garden column for Houzz for five years and has contributed to books such as Lawn Gone! and Pollinator Friendly Gardening. His book A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future was published in 2017 by New Society Publishers.

We talk about:

What is A New Garden Ethic

Why it’s important that we feel part of the entire community that’s specific to where we live

The effects of a disconnect from nature

Benjamin’s definition of native plants

Benjamin’s design work and plant palette

Objections to using native plants


Benjamin Vogt – Monarch Gardens www.monarchgard.com

Benjamin on Twitter @BRVogt

A New Garden Ethic by Benjamin Vogt (2017)

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