April 8 to April 10, 2016
Where: Deerhurst Resort - Huntsville, ON
Designing Ecological Gardens
Practical tools and strategies from permaculture -- Workshop
Friday, April 8, 1:00-3:00pm
Bonita will describe design tools and strategies from permaculture for your own garden and for clients. She will briefly cover permaculture principles and the “scale of permanence”. Bonita will explain how to work with observation; sun, wind, noise, views; slopes and water; zones of activity and intensity of maintenance; soil conditions and species with multiple useful functions.
She will briefly explain the use of windbreaks, suntraps, swales, hugelkulturs, tree-lines on contour, raised garden beds, sheet-mulching, double digging and edible forest gardens.
You will practise design exercises to explore “problems” and “opportunities” on different types of sites and with different materials. Your aim will be to design using what exists as a resource; having everything serve multiple purposes; and creating beneficial connections.
Gardens that Work with Nature
Design Principles from Permaculture -- Breakout Session
Saturday, April 9, 11:15am-12:15pm
What can nature teach us about gardening? How can we (re)design our gardens to optimize resources, make less work for ourselves and be more ecologically friendly? In permaculture, we learn to “design like nature”, drawing on simple principles from the natural world. Bonita will explore those principles and how to apply them.
Edible Ecological Gardens
Integrating Perennial and Annual Food Plants in Our Gardens -- Breakout Session
Saturday, April 9, 2:30pm-3:30pm
Conventionally, we keep “ornamental gardens” in a separate area from “veggie gardens”. Bonita will explore ways to blend food and flowers in wild/naturalized or manicured/cultivated gardens. In permaculture, we aim to mimic nature. When (re)designing gardens to add more edibles, consider preferred species for eating and aesthetics, existing site conditions, maintenance, harvest and permanence. Beyond food and beauty, our gardens can provide medicine and privacy; attract pollinators, build healthier soil and protect water.
Bonita is delighted to be a part of this year's Canadian Master Gardeners Conference.