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Lecture: “Using Found Objects to Design Accessible Garden Spaces”

May 17, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


“Using Found Objects to Design Accessible Garden Spaces”

During this in-person lecture at Garfield Park Conservatory, Catherine will speak about utilizing found objects to design more accessible garden spaces.


Catherine, known as the Citizen Cane, is an Instagram content creator and veteran public speaker. She specializes in empowering people to use their creativity to enhance their lifestyle – living with or without a disability. Catherine’s innovative approach to gardening and design will make you look at your neighbors’ garbage piles in a whole new way. She uses an array of commonly discarded items such as stock tanks, wash tubs, and castoff furniture to organize and enhance her garden. 

If you have a disabled body, an aging body, or any body, come and learn how to artistically increase sustainability while making your garden easier to care for.


Catherine Boldt bio

Cate is originally from Canada where she graduated with an emphasis on art and design. She worked in international development for Disabled Peoples’ International. Cate has 25 years of art education experience. Twelve of those years were spent in the Education Outreach Department at UNESCO World Heritage site Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s home, farm and estate in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Cate also gave specialized tours of the gardens, grounds and private tours for people with disabilities. She designed accessible features and gardens for Wisconsin schools and community gardens.

Tickets: Free; donations are accepted. Space is limited; if you register and are no longer able to make it, please let us know so we can open up the ticket.

Accommodations: If you’d like to request accommodations, please contact Tiye Johnson at On the registration form, there is also a spot to indicate if you’d like to request an accommodation. Please submit requests at least 72 hours prior to the start of the program.

Registration closes Wednesday May 17th at 12pm Central Time

This program is made possible in part by Blue Cross Blue Shield, PNC Bank, The MacArthur Fund for Culture, Equity and the Arts at Prince Charitable Trusts, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, DCASE and CIBC.


May 17, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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