Wearable Gardens

Wearable Gardens

Ever wondered whether certain “local” plants will be able to survive if this local climate does not remain hospitable to them?

As the effects of climate change begin to show up in our weather and the length and intensity of our seasons, there may well be casualties.  So what might it look like for humans to intervene?  Might we combine our fashion sensibilities with our traveling natures and share our services as coyotes?  What does it mean to facilitate their (em)migration to a new, more hospitable land and what might our tactics be?

That’s where you come in.

Join us in a wearable garden design party to develop wearable devices for at-risk-plant migration.   We’ll be creating objects to help a select number of plants hitch-hike their way north.

In order to participate you must bring:
•    A clothing item with a pocket or a “wearable pocket” ‘(interpret broadly)
•    A plastic bag
•    A disposable water bottle
•    A plastic container with a lid (coffee cup, yogurt container, etc.)
•    A stapler
•    A scissors
•    A roll of colored tape (duct, electrical, or masking tape)

RSVP:  info@platform2.info

When: Saturday, 10/8/11
 1 PM – 4:30 PM

Where: Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA

Part of Soil + Garden + Sky – a trilogy of projects about toxins, our backyard gardens, and our bodies

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Readings:

How can we predict how plant populations will shift as the climate changes?

Predicting the Impacts of Climate Change on the Distribution of Species

Why Trees Migrate So Fast

Canadian Forest Service Website

What do we know are conditions it takes for the sugar maple to grow?

General Information About Acer Saccharum

Stratification of Sugar Maples Seeds

The Woody Seed Manual’s entry on the maple family

What are some issues behind “assisted migration,” or the manual migration of plants by humans for various purposes, including saving them from increasingly harsh climates?

A Framework for Debate of Assisted Migration in an Era of Climate Change

Molecular Issues of Tree Migration Capacity Under Rapid Climate Change