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The Forest Gardens
The Forest Gardens
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5871 Bells Rd., London, Ontario, CA
Climate zone:
Cool Temperate

Clea Chandmal Jeff Kraus Ramakrishna Surathu Samuel Foose Sarah Manning Vanessa Monge Augusto Fernandes Vic Gaffney
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The Forest Gardens

Project Type

Urban, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

Over the last three decades, Shantree from The Living Centre has been developing productive forest gardens that includes 1,000 edible and medicinal plants it has been an ongoing experiment and evolving into a fertile mature forest garden.

Project Description

These 30-year old forest gardens were mostly created and planted for educational research, design and propagation, allowing observation and providing plant material for teaching purposes and foraging for medicinal plants.

This is a property, which is a total of 50 acres.

25 acres is a mature heritage forest,

10 acres, which have been reforesting themselves,

7 acres wildflower meadows,

3 acres of semi dwarf Bosc and Bartlett pear trees,

3 acres of herb, vegetable, fruit and berry orchards and greenhouse,

2 acres of semi-wild edible forest gardens around a beautiful tranquil pond, which includes fruit and nut trees including a filbert and paw-paw groves.

It is worth mentioning that the centre has a 1,000 sq. foot Passive Solar Earthship Greenhouse with an indoor four-season forest garden featuring figs, passion fruit, goji berries, lemon verbena, pineapple sage, and all kinds of fantastic stuff.

Future visions for the research and education centre in general are reflected in the forest garden goals and include:

·       Emphasizing continuing research in local native foods and medicines

·       Regenerating the property

·       Serving as an educational property and a living classroom

·       Community gathering

·       Serving as a sacred space

·       Research and demonstration


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