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Cultural Values and how they Frame Horticultural Norms

  • 11 Feb 2021
  • (EST)
  • 25 Feb 2021
  • (EST)
  • 2 sessions
  • 11 Feb 2021, 7:00 PM 8:30 PM (EST)
  • 25 Feb 2021, 7:00 PM 8:30 PM (EST)
  • Zoom

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Cultural Values and how they Frame Horticultural Norms

Whether it is which species or varieties of plants are on offer at nurseries, the types of services offered by landscaping businesses, the design components included in landscape plans, the guidance offered in books and TV shows, or municipal bylaws defining what a ‘properly’ cared for urban land is supposed to look like, cultural expectations and values, mostly drawn from Europe and the UK, frequently shape what is seen as 'normal' and 'best practice' in urban green space.

Widely accepted ideas around property ownership and rights of owners to do whatever they/we please to ‘our land’ are rooted in cultural beliefs that mostly exclude land and non-human rights from decision-making processes.

Language around gardening also, subtly or overtly, shapes our relationship and expectations of the land and life we coexist with. Property, maintenance, the use or function of a space, whether we describe a plant as being well behaved or invasive, or define the value of a plant or a garden practice based purely on its yield, are just a few of the ways that language shapes and reinforces a dominant/colonial and frequently extractive version of human relationship with land plants and ecosystems.

This panel discussion will highlight and explore things that are often taken for granted within horticultural and community green spaces and offer some alternative ways of seeing and being in relationship with the land, plants and other life that shares space with us.

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