Back to the Garden
BCSLA 2020 Annual Conference, Showcase & AGM
Vancouver: June 11-13, 2020
The garden, whether a high-rise balcony, a community garden, the commons for a co-op, a community park, the street, or a front or backyard, is the landscape people most personally relate to, and connect with as we address global climate and biodiversity crises. The garden realm of landscape architects spans the full scale from tiny planters to the entire planet, our only “Garden of Eden”.
Finally, and to be blunt, self-preservation (resilience) must be central to our professional and personal concerns about climate change and the direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts affecting human life and survival. Plants, their habitats, and ecosystems are primarily destroyed by human greed that has induced and accelerated climate change. Given space and time though, plants are superbly adaptive beings that will mostly survive the changes we humans have thrust upon them, including recombining into new communities and ecosystems in created, repaired, and protected spaces. We must, with great urgency, find the garden in all our work, get back to it, and give plants the places and spaces they, and us, need. Watch this space for details