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Benjamin Vogt

Designer and owner, Monarch Gardens LLC and author, A New Garden Ethic

Benjamin Vogt is from Lincoln, Nebraska, but grew up in the shortgrass of Oklahoma and the wooded lakes of Minnesota. He owns Monarch Gardens LLC, a prairie garden design firm that works with local and regional clients. Since 2013 Vogt has written a native plant and sustainable design column for, for which he’s received a Garden Writer’s Association award, while contributing to dozens of books, magazines, and websites. Benjamin is a sought after speaker for his research-based environmental advocacy, inspiring personal stories, and pun-based humor. His book, A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future, will be released by New Society Publishers in October, 2017. It explores the urgency to ‘rewild’ our cities using native plants. Benjamin and his wife dream of restoring 40 or more acres in Nebraska to tallgrass prairie, hosting an artist residency program, and creating a large display garden composed of 100 percent native plants. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska and an M.F.A. from The Ohio State University.


Sustainable Design for Wildlife and Home

It is time to expand our notion of “garden” to include all interconnected communities of all voiceless flora and fauna. Working in concert with nature, our home landscapes can help wildlife thrive while also reducing our carbon footprint. This seminar will explore strategies to create year-round habitat for birds, bees, and butterflies, how to minimize chemicals and labor in the garden, and delve into planting design strategies that will decrease your home’s energy needs.

Thursday, Feb 8 at 1:45 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

Cultivating a New Garden Ethic

In a time of climate change and vanishing species, how we garden matters more than ever. This impassioned talk delves into philosophy and science to make a case for urban gardens as crucial wildlife refuges. How can we rebuild the essential bond between humans and nature, and why does it matter? Through research, personal story, and stunning images, you’ll leave empowered to make a difference for nature at home and in your community.

Saturday, Feb 10 at 11:45 am / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow