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Introduction to Urban Ecological Garden Design

  • Oct 5, 2013 · 12:00 PM
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This workshop will empower you to plan and create an ecological garden in an urban environment. No farm, no problem. Let’s talk about what we can do small-scale, right here, right now to improve our quality of life. The only limit is our creativity.

We’ll explore an urban garden and talk about the basics of growing highly nutritious, delicious foods, multifunctional plants, how to catch, store, and conserve water, perennial plants, establishing fruit trees and shrubs, soil testing, building healthy soil, companion planting, composting, and more.

Ecological gardens offer aesthetic beauty for humans, integrate vegetable and flower gardens, edible landscapes, and offer habitats for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. We will explore how interconnection builds abundance, biodiversity, and resilience as a web of life. As in nature, each link in the web is multifunctional, and provides resources for food, herbs, flowers, and crafts.

When designed as such, gardens are idyllic and require less time, labor, maintenance, and investment, have beneficial environmental impact, and offer abundant amounts of food, pleasure, medicine, and opportunities for greater self-sufficiency.

Each ecological garden is itself a unique living ecosystem, formed from the collective wisdom of permaculture, indigenous cultures, organic farmers, and restorative ecology.

John Paul Learn is a certified Permaculture Designer and Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor. He spends his time as a holistic cook, herbalist, naturalist, home gardener, yoga and meditation practitioner and instructor and interweaves these as a multidisciplinary approach to health, wellness, and a greater quality of life.

$10 suggested donation...nobody will be denied

Taking place at 77 Plymouth Rd., Staten Island, NY 10314

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  • Tiffany

    Yes, this sounds nice. I really hope you repeat it in the future!

    October 6, 2013

  • Oona

    will this be repeated for those of us who couldn't make it?

    October 5, 2013

  • Oona

    can anyone tell us how to get there by bus/train?

    October 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member­ Try this link first. They also have a mobile app for the trip planner. It's very useful.

      1 · October 4, 2013

    • JP

      Oona, you can take the S44 from the goes down Richmond Ave. You can get off across the street from Barnes and Noble and it is a short walk from there.­

      October 5, 2013

  • Alice U.

    i will be at a project up state this weekend. sorry to miss this. looking forward to meeting another time! thanks for posting here - i hope more folks sign up.

    1 · October 4, 2013

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