North Carolina Botanical Garden


Annual Jenny Elder Fitch Memorial Lecture: A New Garden Ethic

with Benjamin Vogt, Author and Owner, Monarch Gardens


Sunday, November 3, 2019

2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Reception and book-signing to follow


In a time of mass extinction and climate change, how and for whom we garden matters more than ever.

Our built landscapes reflect social ethics and values that guide our response to reviving wildness in and outside the urban environment. How can we recognize and develop compassion for other species? What role do native plants have in opening us to the perspectives of others? What happens to our society when we advocate for the equality and freedom of a silent majority? Through ecology, psychology, landscape design, horticulture, philosophy, and social science, we’ll explore the rich complexity of rethinking pretty and what a garden means in the anthropocene.


Free; preregistration required.



Registration ends: 11/1/2019 12:00 PM

About the Speaker

Benjamin Vogt is the author of A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future. He speaks nationally on sustainable design for wildlife and environmental philosophy. For over five years he wrote an award-winning native plant column at Houzz with over 3 million readers. Benjamin has a PhD from the University of Nebraska and owns Monarch Gardens, a prairie-inspired design firm. He lives in Lincoln, NE with his wife and son.

About the Fitch Lecture

Named in memory of Jenny Fitch, local plant enthusiast and passionate gardener, the Jenny Elder Fitch Memorial Lecture takes place each fall. Mrs. Fitch passed away in 1995. The endowment for the lecture series was graciously donated by her husband, R.B. Fitch, in 1997 after friends and family sent scores of memorial gifts to the Garden. We have been able to bring a renowned gardener or horticulturist to Chapel Hill each year since 1999 to present the Jenny Fitch lecture.

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Allen Education Center, Building A
100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

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