Perennial Polyculture Design: An Intro to Fruit Tree Guilds

September 21, 2019 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Compost Education Centre
1216 N Park St Victoria
BC V8T 1C9
$0 - $20
Alexis Hogan
(250) 386 9676


Healthy mid-successional forests grow plants in distinct layers, taking advantage of the different micro-climates and ecological niches that develop. With careful planning, our gardens can do the same thing.

This workshop will provide an overview of the different layers in a ‘forest garden’, what multi-functional species we can use and how to put them together to create a beautiful, abundant & bio-diverse plantings.

Participants will be supported to draft their own scaled design of a small fruit tree guild or small forest garden depending on their level of experience & familiarity with planting design. Please bring a clipboard or small hard surface to write on, several pieces of paper (ideally graph-paper) and your favourite pencils and pens.


Tayler Krawczyk, with his wife Solara, co-manages Hatchet & Seed, an edible landscaping & ecological design company based in Victoria, BC. Since 2011, they’ve been transforming barren, boring yards into thriving edible ecosystems. They also practice permaculture principles in their own backyard in Vic West, with integrated chicken coop + compost systems, light greywater re-use, edible plant nursery, rain gardens, greenhouses, fruit trees and veggie gardens; all on 1/10th of an acre lot. Retro-suburbia and regenerative agriculture now!

Only current members in good standing are eligible to use the free ticket option as a part of their member benefits package.

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The Compost Education Centre is located on unceded and occupied Indigenous territories, specifically the land of the Lekwungen speaking people—the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. These nations are two of many, made up of individuals who have lived within the porous boundaries of what is considered Coast Salish, Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Kwakwa’wakw Territory (Vancouver Island) since time immemorial. At the CEC we seek to respect, honour and continually grow our own understandings of Indigenous rights and history, and to fulfill our responsibilities as settlers, who live and work directly with the land and its complex, vital ecologies and our diverse, evolving communities.

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