3. Escaping Eden

Plant Ethics in a Gardener's World

  1. Dan O'Brien PhD Research Fellow Associate Lecturer
  1. Matthew Hall PhD postdoctoral researcher member

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324563.ch3

Gardening - Philosophy for Everyone

Gardening - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Hall, M. (2010) Escaping Eden, in Gardening - Philosophy for Everyone (ed D. O'Brien), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324563.ch3

Editor Information

  1. Oxford Brookes University, UK

Author Information

  1. Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330212

Online ISBN: 9781444324563



  • escaping Eden - plant ethics in a gardener's world;
  • plants in the garden - excluded from notions of moral consideration;
  • exclusion of plants from gardening ethics - debate on garden as a location for human plant ethics;
  • exclusion of plants from ethical notions of gardening - exploration of archetypal Western garden, Eden;
  • Eden and plants for human use;
  • historical, philosophical, political and sociological factors - in exclusion of plants from ethical discourses;
  • earthly Paradise, contemporary enclosed gardens - and animals excluded;
  • story of the Garden of Eden, in Genesis 2–3 - God appearing as the world's first gardener;
  • Eden and its cultural importance - “Eden” synonymous with gardens;
  • modern gardeners - garden as a human domain, serving human purposes, treating plants as they wish


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Eden and Plants for Human Use

  • Gardening with Kin: Alternatives to Eden

  • Plants, Exclusion, Ethics

  • Notes