Designing Your Garden Using Permaculture Principles Christy Webber Landscapes – Rancho Verde Site
2900 W. Ferdinand Street
Sunday, April 26th
Workshop begins promptly at 9am and runs until 5pm.
Tea and coffee included.
Potluck for breakfast, lunch and snacks. Fee: $175.00 – payable by cash, credit card, or money order.
Prepayment required to reserve a seat. RSVP to Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center – 312-829-8200. Participants will bring their proposed garden design (if available) or current garden information and will leave workshop with a working design. Topics to be covered:
• Recognize the problems associated with current garden practices
• Discuss the need for Permaculture in garden design
• Study Permaculture Design Strategies such as:
Zone and Sector Mapping: plant what, where, why
Earthworks: berms, keyholes and herb spirals
Sheet mulching: also known as lasagna gardening
Forest Gardening: stacking plantings in space and time to increase yield
How to protect the soil from sun, wind and rain Understand soil and its functions
Soil testing: pH, contaminants, permeability
The Soil food web
Organic matter and Humus in soil
Protecting soil and soil organisms
• Include wildlife habitat in your garden design to attract birds, pollinators, predatory insects and beneficial bugs
• Review individual garden designs as a group
• Plant Guilds: how to choose plants based on their ability to support each other’s functional needs
• Identify appropriate plants for our hardiness zone
• Identify economical, readily available building material options: bricks, cardboard, urbanite, containers
• Understand the problems and solutions regarding raised bed boxes
About the Instructor:
Annamaria León received her Permaculture Design Course Certification in Fall of 2011 from the Bloomington, IN Permaculture Activist team. In October 2013, she graduated from Chicago Botanic Garden’s Windy City Harvest Program with a certificate in Sustainable Horticulture and Agriculture. Annamaria is also a Traditional Chinese Feng Shui Consultant and currently manages the Edible Landscaping Division at Christy Webber Landscapes.