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A New Garden Ethic

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“The greatest injustice of our time may be the eradication of native ecosystems, the erasure of entire life forms, and the capacity of one species to ignore those injustices.” - Benjamin Vogt

This book is a wake up call from complacency. Whether we are conscious of it or not, we have been asleep at the gardening wheel. Vogt’s message exhorts us to make the change to a purely native palette by digging into the psychology, sociology, and theology behind our reasoning for the plants we choose, or don’t choose.

A New Garden Ethic questions the root reasons of why we garden and for whom do we garden. Vogt believes that collectively we are experiencing a deep grief that makes it difficult for us to make positive changes and adopt this new garden ethic. The irreversible loss of pristine ecosystems, the death and mass extinction of unique creatures, and a burning out of our once intimate relationship with nature, define the mental suffering we are experiencing in the Anthropocene age of human impact. He goes on to describe the stages of grief, and how those stages are reflected in the rationale that we give when defending our choices to plant non-native species.

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