“The unexplored no-man’s-land between disciplines”
And I thought, a forest garden is very much an in-betweeny discipline, an intersectional discipline if you will. Almost Frankensteinian as it’s part vegetable, part wildlife, part ornamental garden. The focus is on creating edible crops; working with nature to encourage wildlife is an intrinsic part, as the garden provides its own nutrients, mulch and pest control; the ornamental aspect because it’s a garden to spend time in.
I also thought, I’m getting a clearer idea of my calling. Reading ‘A New Garden Ethic’ by Benjamin Vogt has reinforced the importance of native plants and creating resilient ecosystems in a time of climate and extinction emergency. And it all fits together: the forest garden is the ideal place to promote and integrate native plants into our gardens, as it relies so heavily on a healthy ecosystem for its own functioning.
My project for 2020 is to properly explore native plant design and create a native plant design online course. And this is immensely exciting 😀