This interactive workshop will teach you to use the design principles of permaculture to create an edible garden using perennial plants, shrubs, and small trees. Whether you have a small space or a large one, you can apply the principles of permaculture to grow your own food sustainably.
Permaculture is a holistic approach to edible gardening that echoes the ways plants grow in nature, such as using perennials, choosing plants that grow well together, and working with your site’s conditions, not in spite of them.
In this class, you will learn the principles of permaculture, create a drawing, and develop a list of plants for your very own food forest. Participants will use the permaculture design process to create an ecologically resilient home garden that produces an abundant harvest.
The workshop will cover:
- Principles of permaculture and how it applies to homeowners
- Relationships in the garden among living and nonliving things
- Soil conditions
- Plant selection and placement
- Seasonal care and organic pest management
- Techniques for designing your food forest.
This program meets for two on-site sessions at The Morton Arboretum.
Instructor: Annamaria León, edible landscapes designer
Age: 16 and older