Gardens are often captivating, delightful, and restorative spaces, but they are frequently thought of as being politically neutral. However, behind every great garden is a foundation of appropriation and colonial power. This talk by Charlotte Salter-Townshend reviews the uncomfortable politics behind beautiful gardens by looking at the darker roots of individual ownership, spatial inequity, and unsustainable practices.
The drive to garden reminds us that humans are part of nature. From these roots comes the radical idea – we are part of a complex ecosystem made up of symbiotic relationships.
Future Garden is a speculative garden at the Mackies site in West Belfast, which is being co-curated by PPR, Dumbworld, the MAC, community gardeners and the general public. Through shared space and mutual aid, Future Garden will enable people to interconnect, construct and practice new ways to cohabitate and commune in our shared public spaces.
Bring your own plant!
We'd love for everyone who comes along to bring a plant, cutting, seedlings, and ideas for how future gardens can be created equally. Each plant will be welcomed into our collection, and if you like, you can write about or sketch your reasoning behind bringing this particular plant. The plants will be housed in a specially designed greenhouse located in the MAC’s Upper Gallery.
Charlotte Salter-Townshend is a Guide & Information Officer at the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland. She regularly presents on matters of plants and people and has been an expedition guide from Aberdeen to Antarctica.
Dates & Times
|Sat 17 Jun 2023||3:00pm||£0.00||Book Now|