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Edible Ecosystem Teaching Garden
Edible Ecosystem Teaching Garden
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Whitin Observatory, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, US
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Cool Temperate

Joseph Whitmore
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Edible Ecosystem Teaching Garden

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School Projects, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

The Edible Ecosystem Teaching Garden is a first-of-its-kind research-oriented forest garden under development at the historic Botanic Gardens of Wellesley College.

Project Description

This 0.67ac project pushes the edge of ecology by not only describing the patterns and processes of our world, but also providing the opportunity to apply these concepts through the intentional design of productive ecosystems.

This landscape, designed with the assistance of a number of students and the support of many academic departments, will be a productive, diverse, and abundant human-created ecosystem that mimics the forest in structure and function. At the same time the landscape will provide diverse yields of food, habitat, and research opportunities and require minimal inputs and maintenance.

RDG's team, led by Dave Jacke of Dynamics Ecological Design (DED) and author of Edible Forest Gardens, is developing the final details and managing the 5 year implementaion of this exciting project.


  • Student involvement throughout process
  • Diverse Habitats and species
  • Productive analogs of native plant communities demonstrating ecological relationships in healthy plant communities.
  • Experimental non-toxic vegetation management strategies; including a salt spray for the sand plain mimic habitat
  • Passive infiltration irrigation for filtering stormwater and accelerating plant growth



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