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Elohee Retreat Center: Ecological Design Collaboration

A destination healing retreat center, sited on over 200 gorgeous acres in the southern Blue Ridge mountains, will host 100 participants for a car-free stay.  As an ecological design collaboration, the retreat center facility was designed to include: miles of hiking trails, a comprehensive rainwater-harvesting and passive irrigation system, a spa with an essential oil garden for on-site distillation, a... read more

Plant Profile: Echinacea purpurea for your edible (medicinal) landscape

  Echinacea purpurea planted with Liatris spicata in an early summer garden at the Drew Charter School.     [This article published in Georgia Gardening Magazine Sept 2014 edition] Echinacea purpurea is native to a wide range of ecosystems from the northeast, midwest and southeast.  It’s a highly beneficial and beautiful plant that deserves widespread use. A hardy perennial in zones 4-9,... read more

Utilizing Cover Crops for Your Edible Landscape

[This article was printed in the June 2014 issue of the Highlands Laurel, authored by Sustenance Design founder Lindsey Mann] Cover cropping is a foundational practice in organic agriculture of growing seasonal plants, not for sale or consumption, but instead to benefit the soil.  We can utilize this wonderful method to manage and improve smaller-scale gardens.  Also considered green manure or living... read more

Eco-Learning Garden at Drew Charter, GA Gardening Magazine, Oct 2013

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Decatur Garden Tour 2013 features edible gardens

Two of our edible gardens in Decatur are featured in this year’s tour!  Both gardens host stone YardFarm style raised beds, fruiting plants, herbs and some medicinals.  One fouces on wildlife planting for the homeowners’ interest in bird watching.  Another hosts a diversity of native flowering perennials for beauty and pollinators.  Photos below.  For more information or tickets see Garden... read more
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