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Adult Opportunities

Sustainable Garden Design: Backyard Permaculture

Turn your home landscape into a sustainable, edible landscape that returns year after year.

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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


Annamaria León, edible landscapes designer

Annamaria León is a certified permaculture designer and holds a certificate in Sustainable Horticulture and Agriculture from the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Windy City Harvest.

She is the co-founder of the Permaculture Chicago Teaching Institute, based in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the west side of Chicago, where she specializes in creating food forests on urban lots. She is also co-owner of Homan Grown, L3C, a social enterprise propagating urban durable perennials and training in sustainable garden stewardship.  She is also a traditional Chinese Feng Shui practitioner.   

  • This class will be held indoors.
  • Bring a plat of survey. If you don’t have one, bring a scaled drawing and photographs of your space. 


Saturday, October 15 and 22, 2022
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


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