Soiled & Seeded: Manifesto
Soiled and Seeded is a quarterly online garden magazine dedicated to rookie, seasoned, adventurous and guerrilla gardeners. We are intent on cultivating a garden culture not based on decorative, hi-gloss scenarios, but rather one that restores our connection to the natural world and redefines our relationship to plants. Soiled and Seeded seeks to expand the conventional approach to gardens and the practice of gardening. Not strictly an instructional guide, the material presented is wide-ranging, edifying and lively. Encompassing plants, art, design and landscapes, we present an endless exploration of botanical abundance.
Our urban landscape has prompted a heightened sense of the way we live and how we experience our environment. As a result, gardens and gardening have flourished in the public sphere. Urban food production, community and rooftop gardens all play an important part towards social and environmental change. These initiatives serve as effective entry points for rediscovering our natural heritage and the transformative power of plants.
These pages will not dwell on berating clipped hedges and manicured lawns, although we are partial to those that have abandoned lawn care for gardening. Nor are we in hot pursuit of unblemished and impeccable gardens. Soiled and Seeded does not claim to act as a reference tool for authoritative horticultural advice, but rather as a rich and eclectic source of ideas, gardening knowledge, learned practices and usually a bit of garden history. Our content and sensibility are deeply rooted in a varied and expansive exploration of garden culture. We believe that connecting people and plants binds us to a sense of place and community and creates the opportunity to explore the myriad ways people experience their natural environment.
Soiled and Seeded Natural Heritage Explorations
Sarah B. Hood
Jeanne L. D. Osnas
Katherine A. Preston