FY 193 Digging Down to the Roots: The Meaning of Gardens

Gardens serve as cultural, environmental, historical, and aesthetic symbols across the world and reflect three seminal questions: why garden, what is a garden, and who gardens? These questions will be explored through readings, visits to gardens, and gardening experiences.  Readings may include nonfiction, fiction, essays, poetry, memoir, and relevant children's literature. Some first-hand experiences to support and generate other learning include working in the Saint Michael’s Teaching Gardens, a visit to the SMC Organic Garden, a guided tour of the New Farms for New Americans, the construction of a desk-top container garden, botanical examination of plant structures, the creation of seed bombs, and interviewing a panel of guest speakers about gardens as a social fulcrum.

Taught by Professors Valerie Bang-Jensen and Mark Lubkowitz.

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