The first thing I ever read that made ecofeminism come alive for me is Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide by Andrea Smith. It seems like such an odd place to start connecting environmentalism and feminism, especially since Smith never once mentions ecofeminism. However, much of her books involves ecofeminist philosophy and ethos. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about ecofeminism, Native American women and men, and the cost of racism, sexism, and the disregard of our environment. She weaves between these issues beautifully, and she makes them very easy to see. It's an emotionally difficult book, and many people cry. It's worth it.
Ecofeminist philosophy is a way of looking at the world holistically and connecting human cost and environmental cost so that one cost isn't necessarily greater than another because they are so deeply interconnected. The clear cutting of rain forests is connected to the global disparities in wealth. It isn't just a human issue, and it isn't just an environmental issue. It's both. This is probably what most attracts me to ecofeminism because environmentalism lacks the human element and feminism lacks the environmental element. Ecofeminism is a bridge between the two, and it's my preferred worldview. When in doubt, I ask what an ecofeminist would do or believe.
Environmentalist philosophy can take you a long way when it comes to gardening with a supporting philosophy, but it doesn't account for growers. It also seems to have an undertone that humans are separate from nature and should not be involved with the natural world - that humans only pollute. Feminist philosophy can cover issues surrounding growers, but it generally only talks about nature when it comes to 19th century idea that women are natural and men are civility. Not much there, right?
So what would make an ecofeminist garden? I think it would come from a respect of nature and humanity. It would be humble for sure because I can't imagine a vanity garden being an easy sell as ecofeminist. It would be vegetables and fruit. It would be making your own compost. It would be using plants that are suited for the climate. It would be seed sharing. It would be growing your own. It would be recognizing that there is a potential human/environmental cost when purchasing a plant. It would be connecting the pesticide used on plants to the child down the street with cancer. It would be growing your own cut flowers rather than importing them from Ecuador. It would be changing expectations for what the land should look like. It would be making do with what you've got. It would be a lot of the things many gardeners do already.