Category Archives: What is a Garden?

How to Interview a Plant [cont.]

Second Step: Find a location; identify subjects. On my return to Spain in 2013, I start out in the botanical garden in Valencia. Where would be the best place to try this out? I have two requisites: sufficient shade and … Continue reading

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How To Interview a Plant, part 1

  Over the course of my fieldwork on botanical gardens in Spain, I began worrying I wasn’t paying enough attention to the plants and that I would only end up analyzing representations. Acting on this concern led me to seek … Continue reading

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What is a garden?

In The Wild Life of Our Bodies, biologist Rob Dunn characterizes the appendix as “a Zen garden of microbial life.” This metaphor arises in his discussion of changing medical views about this strange organ’s function—doctors shifted from seeing this “dangly … Continue reading

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Multispecies at the Airport

A long delay in Chicago allowed me to hang out at the O’Hare Urban Garden. This aeroponic garden—a means of growing plants without soil—features more than 2 dozen towers that stand above water pumps; each one is “home” to 44 … Continue reading

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