Rewilding Suburbia in the American Plains


  • Benjamin Vogt Monarch Gardens LLC



In a time of mass extinction and climate change, every plant in a design urban garden matters. For me, as a garden designer, that means using native plant in sync with local wildlife. The hope is that using plants wildlife recognize will, in some cases, help both fauna and flora adapt to changes. My designs are meant to bridge the wild prairie, most now gone, and the traditional aesthetic concerns of urban dwellers. As wildness is brought back into our lives through all five senses, we gain appreciation for other species and, in turn, may begin to advocate for them and their wellbeing -- as our wellbeing is tied to plants, birds, insects, spiders, and more.


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Author Biography

Benjamin Vogt, Monarch Gardens LLC

Benjamin Vogt is the author of A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain future, as well as Prairie Up: An Introduction to Natural Garden Design. He speaks internationally on landscape philosophy and sustainable urban habitat, while his writing and photography have appeared in over one-hundred publications. Benjamin has a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Nebraska. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska with his wife and son where he leads the niche design firm Monarch Gardens.






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