Projects & Published Works

Partial Design breakout AVIPartial final design representation of the medicinal and edible 4 season urban front yard showcase landscape for Ashevillage Institute, a non-profit dedicated to urban sustainability.  Among the plantings are water loving rain garden inhabitants, mid-succession woodland patch of serviceberry, cornelian cherry, and elderberry, and mixed evergreen and medicinal herbs and shrubs creating height, interest and continuous blooms throughout the winter and growing season.  The design was installed with over 100 volunteers over a 2 week period in July of 2010.



Sochan and Feverfew medicinal powerhousesA remarkable amount of seasonal forage food and medicine strategically placed transforms an area.  The increased diversity of leaf shape, bloom time, aroma and height of Sochan and Feverfew (both in the Composite family) provide shelter and microclimates for  insect habitat and food and human entertainment, nourishment, and medicine.



Children's medicinal and Insect habitat gardenIn keeping with the common herbal medicines and remedies used in the household, Anne wants a garden that supports human and insect populations while providing ample space to relax with friends and enjoy the cultivated and textured view.  This design incorporates an herbal spiral close to the house and in the sunniest spot, nestled between a blueberry guild (a community of mutually supported plants) and many pollinator medicinals, including Echinacea, Feverfew, Anise Hyssop and others to support healthy insect populations.  This design is slated for installation in 2011.



Earth TrufflesHave you heard of Fukuoka? Read on or check him out here.

The earth cultivates itself, observed Fukuoka. There is no need for man to do what roots, worms, and micro-organisms do better. Furthermore, plowing the soil alters the natural environment and promotes the growth of weeds. Therefore, his first principle is: No plowing or turning of the soil.  He maintained his acres of no-till biodiverse crops by making clay balls of manure, seed, sand and compost.  When the conditions ripened (imminent rain for a few days and moderate temperatures), he and his clan scattered seed balls rolled up and dried through the winter by the 1000s throughout the fields and take the hard work out of seeding the fields.  The seed balls soaked in the delicious rains of spring and burst forth roots through the decomposing ball and planted themselves in situ.

Observation is the key to thriving in concert with existing growing conditions and siting plants where they naturally want to live.  Making genetic seed balls, we call them Earth Truffles at Healing Roots Design, suitable for planting in various ecosystems, is an easy way to share genetic seed material and allow natural weather patterns to enable seeds to root and take off, leaving us with more hammock time.


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