The Artwork of City Permaculture

The Art of Urban Permaculture – In my constant search for everything I can learn about gardening as part of our Million Gardens movement, I recently came across one fascinating thing: urban permaculture.

Australian academics Bill Mollison and David Holmgren are credited with creating the concept of permaculture in the 1970s. Mollison, an ecologist and university professor, defined permaculture as “the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems that exhibit the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems”. For his part, Holmgren shaped 12 design principles of permaculture in his book Permaculture: Principles and ways beyond sustainability. Before your eyes glaze over at the apparent complexity of all of this, I want to point out that urban permaculture is actually quite easy to understand and practice.


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