Mertz Library Humanities

Gardens of Meaning:
Leslie Bennett

February 25

11 a.m. EST | Register Online

An overhead image of a vegetable garden in Hillsborough, CA

Founder and owner of Pine House Edible Gardens, Leslie Bennett designs, builds, and maintains edible and culturally resonant landscapes that are beautiful and productive. The gardens she creates provide visual, physical, and cultural inspirationalong with nourishing organic harvests of food, flowers and medicinal herbs. With degrees from Harvard, Columbia Law School, and University College London in the fields of environmental law, cultural property, and social justice, Bennett brings a rare and important perspective to her landscape designs and her business practices. One effort of Pine House Edible Gardens is the Oakland, CA-based Black Sanctuary Gardens project, founded by Bennett in 2018, which actively works to create garden spaces of refuge and beauty in collaboration with Black women and communities.

Joining Bennett in conversation will be Jennifer Jewell, creator and host of the award-winning public radio program and podcast Cultivating Place.

Leslie Bennett is an Oakland, CA based landscape designer and writer. Recently, she received the American Horticultural Society’s 2020 Great American Gardeners Landscape Design Award. She is co-author of The Beautiful Edible Garden, and has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens, Martha Stewart Living, and Garden Design.


Available CEUs include: APLD, LA CES, and CBLP

CART Interpretation will be provided at this event. For accommodation requests related to a disability, questions, comments, or more information about the accessibility of this event, please contact Lisa Whitmer at or 718.817.8765.