Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required

41: Gardens

Public Journal Issue 41 - Gardens

| Spring 2010 |

Editors: Erin Despard and Monika Kin Gagnon


  • ‘Introduction’, Erin Despard and Monkia Kin Gagnon
  • L’Homme symbiotique’, ‘Symbolic Man’, Gilles Clément
  • La position de Melle: Jardin d’eau – jardin d’orties’, ‘Melle’s Position: Jardin d’eau – jardin d’orties’, Gilles Clément
  • ‘The Hidden Value of Allotment Gardens in the Urban Context: The Alex Wilson Community Garden, Toronto’, Richard Brault
  • ‘Growing Collectives: Haha + Flood’, Heather Davis
  • ‘The Removable Garden’, Broken City Lab
  • ‘A Halfway Home for Wayward Plants’, The Wayward Plant Registry
  • ‘Living Archives at the First Nations Garden, Montreal’, Monika Kin Gagnon
  • ‘Exhibits of a Botanicuratorial Nature’, J. Keri Cronin
  • ‘Panda Gardens and Public Sex at the National Zoological Park’, Lisa Uddin
  • ‘De l’architecture sauvage’, Guy Debord
  • ‘Young Gardeners: On Gardens as Spaces of Experiential Pedagogy’, Kai Wood Mah
  • Dymaxion Sleep (2009)’, Jane Hutton and Adrian Blackwell
  • ‘Edge Conditions’, Susan Herrington and Turner Wigginton (photographs)
  • ‘Digging, Sowing, Tending, Harvesting (Making War-Fair)’, Gina Badger
  • Concrete Island (2006)’, Oliver Kellhammer
  • ‘A Garden for the Future (excerpts from a field guide in process)’, Erin Despard and Graham Roumieu (illustrations)
  • ‘Mobile Gardens’, (compiled by Erin Despard)
  • A Butterfly Garden (2004)’, Mike McDonald
  • ‘Collaborating with the Earth’, Aviva Rahmani
  • ‘The Monkey Garden’, Sandra Cisneros
  • Rubus Armeniacus’, Lisa Robertson
  • ‘‘Gardenworthy’” Rerouting Colonial Botany in Jamaica Kincaid’s Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalaya’, Jill Didur
  • ‘“Letter XIV,” from The Backwoods of Canada (1836)’, Catherine Parr Traill


‘Gardens of a Colonial Present’, Jim Drobnick
‘Public Art: The Kitsch and the Subtle’, R.M. Pope
‘Art on Trial’, Erin McLeod


In Greater Perfections (2000), John Dixon Hunt identifies some thirty-two gardens including rose gardens, vegetable gardens, landscape gardens, cloister gardens, bog gardens, therapeutic gardens, container gardens, and corpse gardens. Contributors to PUBLIC 41: Gardens add even more types. In the 24 contributions to this issue, there are the “botanicuratorial” museum gardens discussed by J. Keri Cronin; the school gardens analyzed by Kai Wood Mah; and the special form of allotment garden such as the Alex Wilson Community Garden, animated by Richard Brault. Gina Badger critiques the ‘seed bomb’ by guerilla gardeners; Jill Didur comments on Jamaica Kincaid’s Among Flowers; and there are two new texts from French garden designer Gilles Clément, whose gardens have been influential (and controversial) in the worlds of ecological garden design, landscape theory, and garden studies.


Gina Badger, “Digging, Sowing, Tending, Harvesting (Making War-Fair)”:

“Guerilla gardeners, if we take them at their word, are fighting a war. Allied with social justice activists, they aim to counter state violence with a total mutation of terms. This war is not waged in brute force; there are no civilian casualties and no infrastructure is destroyed. Rather, these gentle guerrillas operate in the name of the public space, in the name of ecology, and their worst offence is tending otherwise forsaken properties without permission.” (123)