We’re making space for the social and cultural aspects of horticulture as an experience—and we want to honor the role of individual voices. We spoke with a garden futurist who is working to amplify the voices of underrepresented communities in mainstream garden media, specifically the Black community.
Colah B Tawkin is a mother, gardener, and the founder and host of the podcast and media platform known as Black in the Garden. She describes herself as an advocate for Black people trying to reconnect with the land and talks about plants with vigor and volume.
This episode was sponsored by:
A show about innovative thinkers contributing to a climate resilient future through the power of gardens.
Produced and hosted by Sarah Beck, Adriana Lopez, and Adrienne St Claire
Edited and directed by Kelsey Skonberg
Sarah Beck is the executive director of Pacific Horticulture.
Adriana López-Villalobos currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia where she works as Curatorial Coordinator for the UBC Botanical Garden. She is originally from Mexico, where she completed her BSC and MSc, studying plant ecology and mating systems evolution, before migrating to Canada to pursue a PhD focusing on the genetics of species across their geographic ranges.
Adrienne St. Clair is a botanist working with Metro, a regional government in Portland, Oregon where her work spans conservation to restoration. Adrienne managed a native plant nursery for almost a decade before pursuing a graduate degree. She received her Master’s in Plant Biology and Conservation from Northwestern University and Chicago Botanic Garden where she studied the effect of horticulture techniques on native-plant genetics.
Kelsey Skonberg is a Community-Centered Video and Podcast Editor and Science Journalist in Everett, WA.