Common Ground: Garden Histories of Aotearoa

11:00 am
12:00 pm
Katherine Mansfield House & Garden
Join us at this free outdoor event to hear gardener and author Matt Morris speak about his 2020 book 'Common Ground: Garden histories of Aotearoa' in the garden here at Katherine Mansfield House & Garden. Common Ground: Garden histories of Aotearoa takes a loving look at gardens and garden practices in Aotearoa over time. While a lot of gardening books focus on the grand plantings of wealthy citizens, Matt Morris explores the historical processes behind ‘humble gardens’ – those created and maintained by ordinary people. Compost, Māori gardens, the suburban vege patch, the rise of soil toxin levels, the role of native plants and City Beautiful movements... Morris looks at the ways in which cultural meanings have been inscribed in the land through our gardening practices over time. What do our gardens say about us, and where we have been? Matt has always lived in Christchurch. After completing a PhD on Christchurch’s garden history he began working in the Sustainability Office at the University of Canterbury, where he has been working for the past ten years. He is deeply involved in community-led garden initiatives and has surrounded his home in New Brighton with fruit trees and vegetables, while keeping bees and making glorious foods. He self-published a selection of his garden columns from the Press called Cuttings from Paradise. Copies of Common Ground will be available for sale and Matt will be able to sign them after his talk. This is a free, outdoor event. Please dress for the weather, including sun protection - if the weather is bad, the event will move to a nearby location indoors. Admission applies for entry to the house before or after the event.