A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassions for a New Garden Future
Our landscapes push aside wildlife and in turn diminish our genetically-programmed love for wildness. How can we get ourselves back into balance through gardens, to speak life’s language and learn from other species? Plenty of books tell landscape designers how to garden sustainably, what plants to use, and what resources to explore. Yet few examine why our urban wildlife gardens matter, and not just for ourselves, but for the larger human and animal communities. Author Benjamin Vogt addresses why we need a new garden ethic, and why we urgently need wildness in our daily lives―lives sequestered in buildings surrounded by monocultures of lawn and concrete that significantly harm our physical and mental health.