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Finding Common Ground: Community Garden As Connector Between Culture, Nature, And The Individual

Finding Common Ground: Community Garden As Connector Between Culture, Nature, And The Individual

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Finding Common Ground: Community Garden As Connector Between Culture, Nature, And The Individual
Finding Common Ground: Community Garden As Connector Between Culture, Nature, And The Individual

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FINDING COMMON GROUND: COMMUNITY GARDENAS CONNECTOR BETWEEN CULTURE, NATURE, AND THE INDIVIDUAL byVALERIE DAWN WARNER Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of The University of Texas at Arlington in Partial Fulfillmentof the Requirementsfor the Degree of MASTER OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURETHE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTONMay 2006
 
ii ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSIwould like to dedicate this paper to Grant, my husband, for your unceasing patience and support of my desire to fulfill this dream.Thank you to my family for your constant support and encouragementthroughout these last two and a half years of graduate school, as well as for your lifelong support. I know how fortunate I am to be surrounded by such beautiful people.Thank you to all the community gardeners around the country who gavegenerously of your time, knowledge, and enthusiasm to this study, and for your continuing pursuit of making communities better, one garden at a time.Thank you to the University of Texas at Arlington Landscape Architecturefaculty who worked with me to get this study pieced together, especially to GaryRobinette for being a calming and guiding committee chair, and to Sarah Mundy, mycolleague, for keeping me sane and for brilliantly editing this paper.April 11, 2006
 
iii ABSTRACTFINDING COMMON GROUND: COMMUNITY GARDENAS CONNECTOR BETWEEN CULTURE, NATURE, AND THE INDIVIDUALPublication No. ______ Valerie Dawn Warner, MLAThe University of Texas at Arlington, 2006Supervising Professor: Gary O. RobinetteIn the vacant spaces between buildings, in the corners of school yards, in openfields--wherever community gardens are deliberately placed--the space between cultureand nature grows smaller. Closing this gap can come about on the common groundcreated in a collaborative spirit: the community changes the space; and then the spaceultimately changes the community. This is the connective power of the humblecommunity garden.In the days following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the UnitedStates a wave of introversion, personal self-sufficiency, and emphasis on home life

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