With a 5,000-foot garden on a 1/4-acre lot and a business dedicated to "compassionate" native gardening, Benjamin Vogt is a front-runner IN multiple areas, including sustainable design, native gardening and ecology.
Native gardening is a thing these days. It feels like you can’t throw a stone these days without hitting someone’s platinum certification or wildflower patch, and plenty of nurseries cater partially or exclusively to the cause.
While the buzz surrounding native gardening makes it seem like a widespread phenomenon, though, that’s unfortunately not the case. Nor is gardening for pollinators or taking an organic approach. While these are no longer fringe movements, neither are they completely mainstream. Even when people do care about native gardening, they sometimes promote the wrong messages.
Which is why it’s so important to have strong voices trying to change that.
Benjamin Vogt of Monarch Gardens is one such voice. In love with prairies and woodlands, promoting plants and animals, redefining the concept of native gardening … he does it all, and more.
Ecogardens was lucky enough to catch up with him recently. Let’s hear what he has to say.