At Lillie House, we design gardens that harmonize with the historic and arhitectural character of your home and neighborhood, but with the benefits of ecological “wild” plantings. We often use formal elements and layouts with designed polycultures that mimic nature to reduce maintenance and create natural resilience. And almost everything we use is edible or useful.
Michael Hoag: Manager/teacher/gardener/author/designer/consultant. Michael has over 17 years experience teaching classes and facilitating group projects, including community garden and forest garden projects. He’s an enthusiastic researcher of traditional temperate forest garden systems and productive ecologies of the Great Lakes region. The culture, history and aesthetics of gardens and garden architecture are his great passions, and he believes beautiful, healthy landscapes grow beautiful, healthy people and cultures. He has taught and lectured for McHenry County College, Arora University, the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, the Chicago Adult Learning Resource Center, The Kalamazoo Nature Center, and gives presentations to community groups, organizations and churches. He helps organize Van-Kal Permaculture, the SoMi Permimixer, Michigan Safe Energy Future, and the Kalamazoo Climate Change Coalition’s Food Group. View all posts by Michael Hoag