Bahá’í Gardens as Catalysts for Neighborhood Transformation – by Bill Gregg

This post is an abstract and bio from a session at the larger ABS Conference, which we are posting due to its potential interest to IEF members. Thanks to Bill Gregg for making his PowerPoint available.

ABSTRACT — I hypothesize that religious organizations have important opportunities to create gardens for spiritual inspiration and to partner with others to demonstrate the potential of gardens to enhance the spiritual life and foster harmonious development of their neighborhoods. As an example of this approach, I review efforts of a Bahá’í community in West Virginia to create gardens at their new Bahá’í Center and encourage integration of gardens in the surrounding landscape. Relevant experience at other Bahá’í Centers in North America is discussed.

BIO — Bill Gregg is an ecologist and an avid gardener. Before retiring in 2004, he worked for 33 years at the U.S. Department of the Interior, where he coordinated research on environmental issues, and participated in international scientific activities in many countries. He became a Bahá’í in 1979.)

Download PowerPoint as PDF here.


2 responses to “Bahá’í Gardens as Catalysts for Neighborhood Transformation – by Bill Gregg

  1. I enjoyed this presentation – not as much, I’m sure as I would have in person – but have one big question that I’m sure you’ve heard from others. How did this Baha’i community allow for the ongoing skilled care that a garden like this requires? Do they have a master gardener in their community who oversaw the installation of the garden and will train future gardeners? Planting a garden like this is a long-term commitment and I wonder how the community confronted that reality.

    • Juliet – Thanks for these thoughts. Yes…this community is blessed with a devoted biologist and master gardener — none other than Bill Gregg — recently retired and pursuing his passion through this project (See his bio, above). It does make a difference!