19-10 Segment 1: A More Ethical Garden

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Spring is almost here! That means it’s time to start thinking about gardens and landscaping. Expert Benjamin Vogt has a new way to garden, so that your property can be a place that looks nice, and also contributes to a healthy ecosystem that helps animal species and our planet thrive.

Guest:

  • Benjamin Vogt, Garden Designer with Monarch Gardens and author, A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future 

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17-45 Segment 2: Gardening Differently

 

Benjamin Vogt’s new book, A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future, is not your typical gardening book. It doesn’t teach you how to grow the best cilantro or tips for keeping plants alive during the cold, instead it focuses on how we can positively impact the environment and wildlife around us. Vogt explains, that with climate change and so many species extinct or endangered, we have to completely reimagine our connection with nature.

“Your garden is a protest. It is a place of defiant compassion. It is a space to help sustain wildlife and ecosystem function while providing an aesthetic response that moves you,” writes Vogt. He sees gardening as a way of saying I disagree with how we’ve chosen to interact with nature so far. Furthermore, I’m going to garden, not just a symbol of my protest, but as a way of actively changing that relationship with nature and positively impacting the ecosystems around me. Vogt also explains that gardening can improve us as humans. A greener urban setting can help us to be more productive, creative, focused, and even help cool our environment by combating climate change, giving off water through its leaves and, of course, providing shade. More importantly, Vogt says, humans are supposed to interact with and enjoy nature. It’s only recently, through urban communities, that we’ve become so separated from it.

Guest:

  • Benjamin Vogt, Garden Designer with Monarch Gardens and author, A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future

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Coming Up On Viewpoints Show 17-45

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Bumper Sticker Philosophy

We’ve all been amused or annoyed by someone’s bumper sticker, but have you ever stopped to think that these strips of adhesive paper with the pithy statements on them could actually mean something

Gardening Differently

Typically, we think of gardens as a place meant to look nice or grow some vegetables. But gardener and author Benjamin Vogt says he believes gardens can be about cultivating a better environment and reconnecting humans with the nature around us.

16-40 Segment 2: Urban Farming

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Urban gardens are popping up all over the country, and they’ve provided “food desert” communities with fresh fruits and vegetables for their residents’ tables as well as taught urban dwellers to put abandoned plots of land to good use. But have you ever heard of an “urban farm”? Our guests talk about both of these projects and describe why they provide hope and employment for people in need as well as educational opportunities to students and residents.

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