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Benjamin Vogt
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Attended University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lives in Lincoln
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The July newsletter has been born. Designing like nature, plants are not art, flowering roads, sandhills magic.
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Native flowers are a celebration of living — they feed pollinators with nectar and pollen as well as other wildlife with seeds, and their leaves are used by caterpillars, bees and all sorts of other creatures. What’s good for nature is good for us, too, as we design gardens that are visually pleasing and welcoming to all. Here’s a list of native wildflowers with unique foliage to spruce up your garden after the blooms have faded. Not in the Centr...
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"But our worship of this one species (European honey bee), understandable as it might be, is a sign that something has gone wrong. It's the perfect example of our ruthlessly human-centric, overtly practical view of the natural world." 20,000 species. Only females sting. 500 have a stinger but can't sting. http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150615-the-truth-about-bees
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The pursuit of happiness is a collective act, not an individual one, and spans all species.
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Most gardeners, I think, want to bring a bit of the wilder natural world into their home landscapes. This doesn’t mean an unkempt look, but it does often mean imitating and interpreting the natural structure, form and layout of a prairie, woodland or even desert. Plants form communities. Plants colonize. Plants rely on family and friends to grow well as they share information and resources through their scents and roots. One way to create a beaut...
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Pollinators need grasses and sedges, not just flowers, and not just spring - fall gardens. http://hoffmannursery.com/grasses-sedges-host-butterflies-too/
Caterpillars need host plants for food and shelter. Native grasses and sedges play a role in the life cycle of butterflies. Get to know them.
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If you are a gardener or garden professional, and you're writing about and practicing "sustainable" and "ecological" and "wildlife friendly" garden design, why are you touting irises and hostas and catmint? These plants have no evolutionary history with wildlife here, including soil life. A sustainable or ecological plant community is a natural community -- while some may see a daylily playing nice and looking nice alongside coneflowers, this is not a natural community. Something is missing, and wildlife above and below the soil line will know it; the plants will know it, too, as they communicate and work together. We have deep ecology -- now it's time for deep gardening.
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Write memoirs & garden articles. Consult and design native plant gardens. Hug prairie. Teach English. Dream about an acreage w/ nursery, display garden, arts residency, prairie restoration, wildlife sanctuary in a sea of corn. Looking for 40-80 acres in NE or IA.
Employment
  • Houzz
    Columnist, 2012 - present
    Write a weekly garden column on sustainable gardening, native plants, native wildlife, etc.
  • University of Nebraska
    Lecturer, 2009 - present
  • Monarch Gardens
    Owner, 2010 - present
  • Doane College
    Adjunct English Prof, 2012 - 2013
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Lincoln
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Writer, prairie lover, professor, photographer, monarchgard.com
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Author of SLEEP, CREEP, LEAP: THE FIRST THREE YEARS OF A NEBRASKA GARDEN (essays) and AFTERIMAGE (poems). Shopping memoirs: MORNING GLORY: A STORY OF FAMILY & CULTURE IN THE GARDEN and the in-progress TURKEY RED: MEMOIRS OF OKLAHOMA. Working on native plants / garden ethics book. Speak nationally on native plants, prairie, sustainable design, pollinator gardens, philosophy and psychologically of gardens in a time of climate change and mass extinction.
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Work has appeared in American Life in Poetry, ISLE, Orion, Subtropics, The Sun, Verse Daily; anthologies Tallgrass Prairie Reader and Prairie Gold.
Education
  • University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    PhD, Nonfiction and Poetry, 2003 - 2009
  • Ohio State University
    MFA, Poetry, 2000 - 2003
  • University of Evansville
    BFA, Creative Writing & Literature, 1995 - 1999
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