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Earth Perfect? Program



updated 05/20/2013

Wednesday, June 5
4-6 pm Pre-conference event, Clayton Hall Conference Center
Registration, exhibition, vendors, and reception featuring:
Earth Perfect: an exhibition of botanical prints and historic garden art from the Special Collections of the University of Delaware Library and the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection

Thursday, June 6
Clayton Hall Conference Center, University of Delaware
Registration and Vendors; Earth Perfect exhibit continues


WELCOME and PLENARY SESSION Clayton Auditorium 128

Annette Giesecke, University of Delaware, Welcome to the Garden
Naomi Jacobs, University of Maine, Gardens and the Utopian Tradition 

9:15-10:35am SESSION 1

Presentation Session IA – Clayton 121

The Good Place and the Good Life
Chair: Naomi Jacobs, University of Maine

9:15am Rachel Foulk, Ferris State University Patronos’ Tomb Garden: Life, Death, and Utopian Eternity in Ancient Rome

9:35am Mary Blackstone, University of Regina Perfect Nature? The Hortus Conclusus in Shakespeare

9:55am Robert Finley, Memorial University The Boreal Poetry Garden of Marlene Creates

Presentation Session IB – Clayton 122

Gardens in Mid-Century Practice
Chair: Donald Dunham, Philadelphia University

9:15am Volker M. Welter, University of California-Santa Barbara From Landscape of War to Environmental Architecture: On Neutra’s Mid 20th-Century Architecture in Southern California

9:35am Kathleen John-Alder, Rutgers University Mythic Power: Ian McHarg’s Quest for the Grail of Natural Process

9:55am Gail Chin, University of Regina Nikka Yuko Garden: A Canadian Prairie Utopia

Presentation Session IC – Clayton 123

Gardens, Healing and Consciousness
Chair: Lynn Monahan, West Chester University

9:15am Daniel Reyes, University of Delaware / Food Bank of Delaware Cultivating a Culture of Health: Community Supported Agriculture in Wilmington’s West Side Neighborhoods

9:35am Joan Vorderbruggen, North Dakota State University The Garden Path: Finding Healing in Nature

9:55am Jenny Ustick, University of Cincinnati ˜Bodies Shaping the Land, Land Shaping Bodies

Presentation Session ID – Clayton 124

Reading the Garden in Fin de Sicle Culture
Chair: Darby Lewes, Lycoming College

9:15am Lisa Burnett, Stanford University Savage Gardens, Original Sins: An Anarcho-Primitivist Reading of Wagner’s Parsifal

9:35am Sarah Leonard, University of Delaware The Beauty and Politics of Plants: William Morris and the Garden

9:55am Karen Quandt, University of Delaware Tending the Garden to Weed the Earth: An Ecocritical Reading of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables

Workshop Session IE – Clayton 110

Ecosystem Designs

9:15am Susan Barton, University of Delaware Livable Ecosystems: A Model for Suburbia

9:55am Jules Bruck, University of Delaware Designing for Ecosystem Services

Lecture Session IF – Clayton 125

9:15am Designing with Edible Plants
Eric Toensmeier, author, Perennial Vegetables; co-author, Edible Forest Gardens

10:35-11:05am Break, Clayton Lobby

11:05am-12:30pm SESSION II

Presentation Session IIA – Clayton 121

The Politics of Gardening
Chair: Donald Dunham, Philadelphia University

11:05am Lynne Feeley, Duke University Tilling After Dark: Slave Gardens in the Antebellum U.S. South

11:25am Anastasia Day, University of Delaware The Factory in the Backyard: How Industry, Technology, and Gender Norms Shaped the Victory Garden Movement”

11:45am Steven Brown, Harvard University Agrivated Assault: Guerrilla Gardening, Yarn Bombs, and the Seeds of Utopia

Presentation Session IIB – Clayton 122

Gardens and the City
Chair: Nathaniel Walker, Brown University

11:05am Elen Deming, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Gardens and the Working Body in the British Utopian Project

11:25am Archana Sharma, Morgan State University Greenways Patterns for City Planning

11:45am Maiza Hixson, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts Imperfect City: A Utopian Community and Exhibition

Presentation Session IIC – Clayton 123

Ecological Ethics and Aesthetics
Chair: Lynn Monahan, West Chester University

11:05am Marc Fasanella, University of Stony Brook The Comfortable Landscape

11:25am Maria Cattell, Field Museum of Natural History Walk in Beauty: Earth Ethics and Garden Esthetics

11:45am Micheline Nilsen, Indiana University South Bend The Aesthetics of Allotment Gardens

Presentation Session IID – Clayton 124

Philosophy in the Garden
Chair: Susan McKenna, University of Delaware

11:05am Priscilla Sakezles, University of Akron The Epicurean Garden

11:25am Marcello Di Paola, Center for Ethics and Global Politics, Luiss University Gardens of Consequence: a Philosophy of Urban Environmentalism

11:45am Beth Savickey, University of Winnipeg Wittgenstein: Philosopher-Gardener

Workshop Session IIE – Clayton 110

Composting Fashion: compost, solar dye and patterned fabrics using non-toxic materials and vegetal matter, Kelly Cobb, University of Delaware

Lecture Session IIF – Clayton 125

11:05 One Drop at a Time: A Sustainable Landscape Case Study Marcus de la fleur, Dip.Hort.Kew, MLA, ASLA, RLA

12:30-2:00 pm LUNCH and PLENARY LECTURE
Clayton Ballroom 101A

1:00-2:00 Emerging Ecologies: Embracing the Nature of Today’s Gardens Rick Darke, photographer and author of books including The American Woodland Garden and The Encyclopedia of Grasses for Livable Landscapes

2:15-3:35pm SESSION III

Presentation Session IIIA – Clayton 121

Literary Gardens
Chair: Naomi Jacobs, University of Maine

2:15pm Tanya Taylor-Cherry, York University. The Garden’ in Art and Literature: a Geopoetic Transformation of Natural Spaces into Utopian Places

2:35pm John Barberet, Polk State College. The Dystopian Literary Garden: Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal

2:55pm Jennifer Atkinson, University of Washington-Bothell American Gardening Writing: Some Notes on a Fantasy Genre

Presentation Session IIIB – Clayton 122

Community Supported Agriculture and the University

2:15pm Perry Baptista, Michael Curran, Bailey Hallwachs, and Sarah Legg, University of Wyoming “Agricultural Community Resources for Everyday Sustainability: A Student Farm Exemplifying Community Agriculture and Sharing

Presentation Session IIIC – Clayton 123

Gardening for the Future
Chair: Donald Dunham, Philadelphia University

2:15pm Laura Garofalo, University at Buffalo Gardens as a Model for Architectural Thinking

2:35pm Shelley Boyd, Kwantlen Polytechnic University.  Gardening in Atwoodville: Margaret Atwood’s Technologies of the Garden

2:55pm Matthew Tucker, University of Minnesota Nature 3.x: The Changing Nature Paradigm and its Emergence in the Public Realm

Presentation Session IIID – Clayton 124

Boundary Spaces
Chair: Lynn Monahan, West Chester University

2:15pm Bryan Bannon, University of North Florida In the Space of the Garden: The Garden as Metaphor for Human Agency in Nature

2:35pm Susan Willis, Duke University The Garden and/or Nature: Questioning the Logic of Distinctions

2:55pm Dana Fritz, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Terraria Gigantica: the World Under Glass

Presentation Session IIIE – Clayton 110

Gendering the Garden
Chair: Susan McKenna, University of Delaware

2:15pm Darby Lewes, Lycoming College Whorticulture: Women’s Bodies as Landscape in 18th Century Literature

2:35pm Quill Teal-Sullivan, The Longwood Graduate Program Rediscovering the Story of Helena Rutherfurd Ely

2:55pm Terri Nickel, Bowdoin College Paradise in Eccentric Spaces: The Queer Gardens of Beverley Nichols and Derek Jarman

Lecture Session IIIF – Clayton 125

2:15pm Beneath the Radar: Exotics and Natives in Bohemia’s Border Gardens Morna Livingston, Philadelphia University, author of Steps to Water: The Ancient Stepwells of India

2:45pm Sustainable Urban Design Claudia Goetz Phillips, Ph.D., FCELA, ASLA; Philadelphia University

3:35-4:00 Break

4:00-5:35 SESSION IV

Presentation Session IVA – Clayton 121

Science and the Garden
Chair: Naomi Jacobs, University of Maine

4:00pm Daniel Leonard, Bilkent University Garden Grottoes and Experimental Physics: Art and Animation in Descartes’ World and Man

4:20pm Yvonne Gaspar, University of Notre Dame Between Nursery and University: Richard Bradley’s Imagined Garden at Cambridge

4:40pm Nathaniel Walker, Brown University A City Grows in Eden, a Garden in Babel: Science, Redemption, and Architecture in Seventeenth-Century Utopian Literature

5:00pm Gabriele Mul, Garden and Landscape History Scholar Etna, the Volcano in the Garden: Science and Aesthetic in the Second Half of the 18th Century

Presentation Session IVB – Clayton 122

Sacred Gardens
Chair: Donald Dunham, Philadelphia University

4:00pm John Scott Gray, Ferris State University Hallowed Grounds: Professional Stadiums as Utopian Gardens in the 21st Century

4:20pm Robin Poynor, University of Florida In Honor of the Gods: Orisha Gardens in Rural Central Florida

4:40pm Mary Alvarez, University of South Florida Architecture of Metanoia: A Study of Space and the Transformation of Consciousness

Presentation Session IVC – Clayton 123

Mythologies in the Garden
Chair: Susan McKenna, University of Delaware

4:00pm Miranda Mote, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee The Gardens of Livia, Ad Gallinas Albas, Narrators of Love, Myth, and Political Posture

4:20pm Cyble Arnaud, University of Maryland Gardens as a privileged space for literary production: Versailles in la Fontaine

4:40pm Stephanie Bryan, The Jaeger Company Circe’s Garden: Lady Londonderry’s Design and Management of Mount Stewart, Northern Ireland 1917-1955

Presentation Session IVD – Clayton 124

Reclamation and Re-Use
Chair: Lynn Monahan, West Chester University

4:00pm Michael Curran, University of Wyoming “Land Reclamation Associated with Disturbance from Natural Resource Development in Wyoming”

4:20pm Elizabeth Yarina, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Repurposed Vertical Farms: Adaptive Building Reuse for Urban Agriculture

4:40pm Dan Richter, Duke University Gardening in a Gully: Time for Declensionist Narratives to Share the Stage

Presentation Session IVE – Clayton 110

Sustainable Gardens
Chair: Kim Eierman

4:00pm Debra Gilmore, Gilmore Lighting Design Nocturnal Exterior Spaces “ Exploring the Role of Light

4:20pm Dale Hendricks, Green Light Plants The Rest of the Story: Soil, Carbon, Gardening and Agriculture

4:40pm Kim Eierman, founder, EcoBeneficial Nature Isn’t Perfect: Gardening for Environmental Improvement

Lecture Session IVF – Clayton 125

4:00pm “Our Other Chemical Dependency: The Environmental and Health Risks of Our Addiction to Toxic Lawn Chemicals” McKay Jenkins, University of Delaware, author, What’s Gotten Into Us? Staying Healthy in a Toxic World

5:45-6:45 pm KEYNOTE LECTURE Clayton Auditorium 128

Rambunctiously Gardening the Earth Emma Marris, author, Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World

6:45-7:45pm Reception Clayton Lobby

Friday, June 7 Longwood Gardens

9am-12:30pm Keynote Lectures, Longwood Gardens Ballroom

9:00-10:00am “Enquiry into plants: Botanic Gardens & the Narrative of Harvest” Stephen Forbes, Director of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, South Australia

10:00-10:20am Break

10:20-11:20am Urban Detritus, Utopian Dreams Margaret Morton Photographer and co-author of Transitory Garden, Uprooted Lives

11:30-12:30pm Why We Need More Natives in Our Gardens” Douglas Tallamy, University of Delaware, author of Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants

12:30-2:00pm Lunch, Terrace Restaurant Tent

2:00-4:00pm Garden tours/free time

4:00-5:00pm Keynote Address, Longwood Gardens Ballroom

Eden Project: an emblem of the ideal human relation with nature? Jane Knight, landscape architect, The Eden Project, UK

5:00-6:00 pm Garden Reception, Terrace Restaurant Tent

Saturday, June 8 Chanticleer and Winterthur

9am-11am Chanticleer Garden, themed garden tours

12:00-1:00pm Winterthur, Lunch on your own, Winterthur Cafe

1:00-2:00pm Pre-tour lecture, Copeland Lecture Hall

The invisible Layer: Heat, Light and Sound in the Winterthur Garden in the 1930s Maggie Lidz, Winterthur Estate Historian

2:00-4:00pm Garden tours/free time in the garden

4:00-4:30pm Lecture

Understanding a Landscape’s History to Plan for Its Future: The Garden at the George Read II House Michele Anstine, Assistant CEO, Delaware Historical Society

5:30-9:00pm PERFECT CITY Gala

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts exhibition and reception, gallery talk by Margaret Morton (optional event, separately ticketed) http://www.thedcca.org/imperfect city

Sunday, June 9 Mt. Cuba Center and Delaware Center for Horticulture

10:00am-1:00 Mt. Cuba Center, tours and lunch

2:00-5:00pm Delaware Center for Horticulture

Wilmington garden tours (community gardens); exhibit of Morna Livingston’s photographs, Beneath the Radar: Exotics and Natives in Bohemia’s Border Gardens (DCH gallery) and closing reception in the DCH garden