We Deserve Beauty: Finding Inspiration in Patterns

“When you put beauty in a place that has none, that’s a game changer.”  — Ron Finley   To live in a beautiful, uplifted situation with dignity should not be seen as an exclusive privilege for the elite. It is the birthright of every being born to this earth. The idea that rest of us should content ourselves with stodgy utilitarianism is oppressive. We all deserve beauty.  To surround oneself with beauty is old, powerful magic. It’s no wonder it was seen as so revolutionary, so dangerous for Ron Finley to create a beautiful food forest garden in his poor LA … Continue reading We Deserve Beauty: Finding Inspiration in Patterns

The Era of Edible Forest Gardening has Arrived

(Edible Forest Garden at Lillie House, filled with food, flowers and medicinal and culinary herbs.) Nature is calling us home, and people all over the world feel it, the urge to reconnect with their landscapes in a more meaningful way than the endless struggle against lawn and weeds. And the forest garden – a designed ecosystem filled with ripe fruits, lush vegetables, craft materials and medicine that integrates native plants and wildlife habitat – is the ideal representation of our rightful human relationship with the world, cultivating the wild, working with ecosystems to meet our needs instead of reaping them … Continue reading The Era of Edible Forest Gardening has Arrived

Permaculture for Sanity Retention (and Landscape Management)

Kneeling on the lawn, dirty gloves to your face, you see the writing on the garden wall: you now understand the “gardener’s trap” you find yourself in – and you find yourself praying to that great tiller in the sky, to just come end it all. Now. Your garden (literally) looks like the heat death of the universe. A manifestation of pure chaos. The apocalypse, but with weeds.  And grass.  EVERYWHERE. I know this is a very geeky metaphor for a gardening blog, but it might seem clever in a moment if you bare with me. Two years ago, you … Continue reading Permaculture for Sanity Retention (and Landscape Management)

Gardeners Gone Post-Wild: Post Wild Edible Landscaping

(HEY! If you’re interested in transforming your yard into an edible, ecological paradise, check out our online Introduction to Forest Gardening Course: https://lilliehouse.talentlms.com/catalog/info/id:126) This post is filled with purdy pictures from the book Planting in a Post-Wild World (along with shots from our own gardens) which has been getting as much press in the tea-and-crumpets circles of ornamental gardening as it has in the granola-with-hemp-milk syndicates of Environmentalist do-gooders. You know, hippies like me. Except for the hemp milk bit, because hemp milk is just a horrible, horrible thing.  *Shudder.* Even Architectural Digest has jumped on the “post-wild” bandwagon with it’s … Continue reading Gardeners Gone Post-Wild: Post Wild Edible Landscaping