Bare Roots: Exploring Botanical Agency in the Personal Garden

Renate Sander-Regier

Abstract


Non-human agency is an anthropocentrically problematic issue that some brave geographers have discussed with relation to plants in contexts such as orchards, cemeteries and gardens. I strive to shake the idea of agency loose of its deterministic human trappings, and explore plant agency from a more basic, bare-roots sense as something achievable by non-human actors. The context I have chosen for this endeavour is the hybrid space of the personal garden—where botanical agency of presence, action, intent, association and capacity is experienced by gardeners actively involved in the space—as portrayed in contemporary personal gardening literature.

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