gardens should capture the
beauty of nature around us,
be timeless in their application
and help us feel rejuvenated
and relaxed


"Coined by Aussies Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the 1970’s, it is an approach to designing human settlements, particularly perennial agriculture (from which the word comes), that mimic the structure and inter-relationship found in natural ecologies" - Mary Lovell-Smith, Christchurch Press.

Permaculture and Carl Pickens
Permaculture to me is a way of living on the earth while seeking to be in harmony with it. Work is minimised, "wastes" become resources, productivity increases, and environments are restored. Plenty of food is grown, well cared for animals are an integral part of the landscape, and people come
before profit.

There are a set of very specific design tools I use when creating a Permaculture landscape. Observation is one of these tools. Closely observing what occurs on the land is an essential part of Permaculture design.

What I like most though about Permaculture gardens is simply the way I feel when I’m in them. There is a wildness to these gardens that belies an underlying order where everything is functioning just as nature intended. What’s more, nature makes short work of it. These landscapes are very efficient because nature is doing the work for you, and when you are applying yourself to working with the land this is very desirable.

Permaculture principles can also be well integrated with contemporary landscape design. For lovers of Permaculture, this is what I do.

Permaculture in action: A few images from Carl’s travels here and abroad...(click to view larger versions)

rain water tank

farmersirrigationherb spiral

1. Rainwater tank with sink in Brisbane, Australia
2. Geese mowing the lawn, Banks Peninsula
3. Farmers hand thrashing rice, Bali
4. Irrigation water being re-energised before entering a river in Vietnam
5. Herb spiral sign in Brisbane, Australia

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