Hortulus Spotlight


GARDEN CLUB OF AMERICA SCHOLAR ROSETTA ELKIN, MLA, FAAR, PhD


The Radical Act of Thinking Little

Presented Dr. Rosetta Elkin, recipient of the 2017 GCA Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture, professor at MicGill University and director of the School of Architecture, and research associate at The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. 

The GCA Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture, one of the most prestigious awards in the field.

Read more about the Fellowship here...


This video was filmed during the January 11, 2022 Hortulus Membership Meeting.

See below for the more information from this video

Plant Inventory app: ArcGIS Online














More information on creating a plant inventory


"The plant inventory sets the course for a design that works with plant life and the changing landscape. "

-Rosetta Elkin


Read more here:

Impermanent Inventory: Plant Collections for a Changing Climate




Think Little By Wendell Berry


A gentle essay of recollection is told alongside a poetic lesson in geography, as Berry explains at length and in detail, that what he stands for is what he stands on.

From A Continuous Harmony: Essays Cultural and Agricultural reprinted in the Whole Earth Catalog 1969


The Book



 Rosetta S. Elkin reveals that planting a tree can either be one of the ultimate offerings to thriving on this planet, or one of the most extreme perversions of human agency over it. Plant Life exposes the relationship between human and plant life, revealing that afforestation is not an ecological act: rather, it is deliberately political and distressingly social.

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