Overview of my forest garden design process

A bird’s eye view of my approach to designing a forest garden, in the form of a slideshow and screencast

Screenshot of CAD garden plan, overlaid on satellite photo
The ‘Green Room’, an urban small forest garden design

I’ve been asking friends and colleagues for feedback about what would make a good online course for forest gardening. Not only has this been an excellent excuse to catch up via a video call with some lovely people, it has also been really educational.

What is striking is the desire for the process to be simplified, clearing a path so that people can feel comfortable learning to get started. This doesn’t mean simplifying gardening, rather it means making it more accessible.

So, I made a 10 page slideshow to help my friends out called Forest Garden Overview, think of it as an aerial view!

Bunches of white hawthorn blossom

The native Hawthorn is a fantastic wildlife tree, habitat and food source

If that’s TL;DR, then here’s the content summarised even more:

  1. Useful - plants that are useful to humans and other life forms!
  2. Native - native plants are generally better for native wildlife
  3. Aspect - figure out the orientation of your garden
  4. Soil - find out your soil type
  5. Structure - think in layers when designing your garden
  6. Choosing plants - two great websites for helping you choose plants PFAF and RHS

If the slideshow’s not enough for you, I made my first ever screencast, 20 minutes long, explaining the presentation (please note, unshaved & unedited, with lots of “ums” in!)

As you can probably gather by now, I’m as interested by wildlife gardening as by forest gardening, indeed, I believe they are mutually compatible. By gardening with someone else in mind, we start gardening for everyone 🙂


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