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W: Shane VanOosterhout – Banishing God from the Garden

April 22, 2009
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


Join us as Shane shares an overview of gardening through the ages and the evolution of gardening: from mystical religious worship to a modern concept of gardening as a way of understanding our place in the cosmos.

Throughout ancient times gardening was connected to the worship of deities: gardens were sacred places created by the gods, left to be discovered by mortals as places in which to worship. The modern concept of a garden did not arise until Egyptian times when priests began to maintain crops and gardens within the temples walls, accessible only by the priests, upper classes or slaves serving the royalty.

Out of these traditions arose modern agriculture and later horticulture. Only in recent centuries have gardens begun to separate from their historical place in mysticism and become places accessible by the common man. It is time we banish god from the garden and discover what is next for the garden: a way of viewing the cosmos and understanding our tiny little place in the expanding universe.

Meetings are open to the Public

After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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About Shane Van Oosterhout

Master Gardener Coordinator, MSU Extension Service and Adjunct Professor of Digital Media, Kendall College of Art & Design

Shane VanOosterhout is a professional gardener and garden photographer, designer, educator and writer. He is the Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator for the Ottawa County Michigan State University Extension Office. His primary interests include ecology and environmental stewardship. Shane is alsoAdjunct Professor of Digital Media at Kendall College of Art & Design. Shane received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan. He lives and gardens at Merkabee House (http://web.mac.com/merkebee/iWeb/Site/Merkebee.html), a 10 acre property which is a National Wildlife Foundation Certified Backyard Habitat, and maintains a blog called The Passionate Gardener (www.livetogarden.blogspot.com).