The Spaces of Myth. The Spaces of Rite.

Malinowksi

Plants are by no means neutral, and neither is our relationship to them. Through my fieldwork, I’ve noticed that some of the gardeners tend to treat the garden as an a-political place (after all, growing food is the one thing that brings people together, they say). The garden is a place that you can go […]

From Design to Practice

Yarnall, Charlton. 1922. Charlton Yarnall Travel Journal, Special Collections, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA.

Who makes the garden?  We tend to think of gardens as acts of design – as landscapes that emerge out of foresight, planning, and our intentional control of the natural world.  When I look out on my home garden, I can see the traces of my conscious design across the backyard landscape.  I drew the […]

Abstract – Working in the Field: Community Gardens, Shifting Concrete, and Economies of Difference

My research centers around the idea that the garden can act as a site of socio-cultural production and embodiment.  By gardening — working in them, walking through them, and consuming their products and aesthetics — we are simultaneously engaging with the social world.  Gardens act as material sites which reproduce an interrelated constellation of ideas […]