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Reverence for Nature: A Biocultural Journey in Botanical Gardens

Bloedel Conservatory

Botanical gardens offer a unique opportunity to reconnect with nature in an urban setting. Four students share their experiences. Maria Albuquerque, Jacquie Kwok, Chantal Martin, Hailey Moran, Gladys Runtukahu, Poh Tan, and David Zandvliet     Humans are living unsustainably on earth — over-consuming, changing the climate, destroying biodiversity. All along, we remain psychologically detached

Biocultural Features of Urban Gardens and Yards Enhance Place-making and Belonging in South African Townships

by Duncan Haynes, Michelle Cocks, and Charlie Shackleton . . South African cities and towns continue to reflect legacies of colonialism and apartheid, during which urban black Africans were restricted to living in designated areas, locally termed “townships.” Generally, townships were poorly serviced, with a high proportion of informal structures, backyard dwellers, and widespread poverty.