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Pre-2020 Showcase #5: Edible Cul-de-sac Islands with an Herb Spiral

This project was for a newly-wed couple with a baby on the way. They were tired of the cookie cutter landscape that are often in new housing developments. Nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac, the landscape features a unique herb spiral bursting out the seams with perennial vegetables, berries, and beneficial plants and habitat for insects, …

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Pre-2020 Showcase #4: Edible Herbal Front Yard with a Raspberry Arbor Fence

This was a native front yard renovation for a client who was an herbalist and had a young family. It required a deep weeding of invasive Italian Arum and blackberries, sheet mulching, and planting of native woodland species. There are edible and medicinal species for their family to use as well as a pathway made …

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Pre-2020 Showcase #3: Three Food Forests for three Restaurants

When their garden could no longer keep up with the demand for three restaurants, the owners of reached out to see what could be done in making the grow show more productive, unique and requiring less overall labour. We took the approach of showcasing many incredible local farmers and letting them handle annual production, perennializing …

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Pre-2020 Showcase #2: Mini Food Forest and Medicine Garden

We converted 400sq ft of useless lawn of this new home into a thriving ecosystem around 4 dwarf fruit trees, mixed with edible and medicinal shrubs and perennials. The client harvested tea daily from the garden as well as seasonal berries and fruits. A simple circular path connects the garden. It’s filled with beneficial insects …

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Pre-2020 Showcase #1: Native Butterfly Meadow and Edible Garden

This garden was for a family in an old Victorian home.  They struggled with tough weeds like spear grass and the garden lacked any real defining beauty. We top worked and grafted an old ornamental cherry tree to become a fruit producing tree. We also established a beneficial understory meadow planting for an established Gary …

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Happy New Year! Miscellaneous Edible Landscapes, Rain Gardens, and Nativescapes in 2020

Here are a few pictures of small projects we have done this year. We usually like to showcase big projects on separates posts, but it made more sense to bundle up the smaller projects into a single post. 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, including the workers at SymbiOp. At the same time, …

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