Design course opens students’ eyes to “plant blindness”

by Deborah Blackwell, Marketing & Communications Specialist
February 21, 2019

Design course opens students’ eyes to “plant blindness”

GSD arnold arboretum class

For three years now, master’s degree candidates in Field Methods and Living Collections, led by Rosetta S. Elkin and the Arboretum’s William “Ned” Friedman, have used social theory and a methodology that examines plant evolution, morphology, built neighborhoods, and landscape design to address “plant blindness”—the human tendency to take plants for granted, reducing them to a green fuzz in the background.

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