ResourceHow does your garden grow?

Caitlin Franzmann, Kate Wall & Renee Rossini

How does your garden grow?

Panel discussion

13 February 2021

Listen to artist Caitlin Franzmann, gardener Kate Wall, and ecologist Renee Rossini in conversation about understanding and responsibly working with weeds.

The panellists share stories about getting to know plants that have been deemed unwanted and discuss the values that underpin such classifications. From a garden ‘soil improver’ to an environmental weed that has endangered a butterfly species, each plant interacts with the ecosystems they are nested within.

What are the ethical and cultural dilemmas we must consider when managing weeds? What are the plants telling us—about the soil, about the climate, about history? How do we listen?

The Institute of Modern Art acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which the IMA now stands, the Jagera, Yuggera, Yugarapul, and Turrbal people. We offer our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first artists of this country. In the spirit of allyship, the IMA will continue to work with First Nations people to celebrate, support, and present their immense past, present, and future contribution to artistic practice and cultural expression.