Wouldn’t it be neat to blend the ancestry of your family and city with permaculture, native plants and horticultural therapy? You can! Thanabotany, an emerging subfield located somewhere between botany and horticulture, focuses on how people have used plants to deal with death and dying.
One application of Thanabotany is a tool called Grief Gardens. This approach to a garden factors in more than just gardening methodologies, it’s a multi-layered system that provides ways for you to honor your roots while embracing the present. Things like plant selection, permaculture, rituals, ancestry, honoring vs. appropriating and therapeutic benefits will be touched on. Attendees can expect to learn about a new approach to their local garden and their roots.
This lecture by 2018-2019 Curtis Gates Lloyd Fellow, Cole Imperi, introduces attendees to the concept of thanabotany, the intersection of ethnobotany (the relationship betwen plants and people) and thanatology (the study of death and dying).
Pioneered at the Lloyd Library in 2018, thanabotanists research burial objects, old medical texts and the symbolism depicted in ancient art.
Free and open to the public, registration required:
Join us for an informational session about the Certificate in Thanatology and the Certificate in Death Companioning. Both begin in April of 2019!