Forest Gardening

Come and be inspired!

Learn how to create a low maintenance edible, medicinal, self sustaining, low water use garden that mimics the natural patterning of a forest. A forest that can be recreated in size from 1 meter squared and beyond.

By mimicing the natural pattern of a forest in all it’s layers we get an abundance of life; we build soil, we reduce inputs (fertiliser, pest control, mulch…) and we create an abundance of food.

We will learn from Djaning’s existing forest gardens which can be easily recreated on a backyard scale. We will discuss what the layers of a forest are and how we can recreate them using productive food plants. We will then go on to creating our own small scale patch, so you can see from the very start just how easy it is to plant a forest garden.

Together our day will be full of connection to the forest and to each other. We will learn how we can view nature and even ourselves differently, and work with it in all of it’s glory.

Whether you have access to land or not this is a truely inspirational experience which will have you looking at gardening in a whole new light.

No experience necessary.

Peaches @ Djaning

What to expect

The why’s how’s when’s and what’s. Using the dappled shade of our existing forest garden we will be introduced to a new and ancient way of looking at the land and our place in it, how we can best adapt with change to make a better world for future generations. This is no simpe task, but it is imensly rewarding for obvious reasons. From asthetics to fruit, medicine and fibers, to fresh air and a real life aviary in your backyard. Forest gardening provides it all.

Forest gardening at Djaning will be an emersive learning experience. Through the day topics covered will include:

  • The benefits of forest gardening
  • Species selection
  • Designing for a changing climate
  • Holistic design considerations
  • Implementation (no dig, sheet mulching, syntropy etc)
  • Propogation
  • Managment of a forest garden
show a young forest garden
One of our young forest gardens: Pumpkin, corn, sunflowers, pigeon pea, maple, finger lime, pecan…

FIonn and Laura Quinlan will be your facilitators. Here are some slides from a recent consultancy and design in the Dordogne, France;

Photos from our previous workshops:

We’ll have delicious teas and coffee available throughout the day. A sumptuous Vegetarian lunch will be provided

Children are welcome with supervision. We have trampoline, climbing frame, sand pit and more! (note this is a working farm – machinery, tools, snakes…)

Cost: $120

When: Saturday 27th November 2021, 10am – 5pm

Where: Djaning, 2 Tuntable Creek Road, The Channon, 2480

What to Bring: Clothes you don’t mind getting messy, a bottle of water, hat, sunscreen, paper and pen.

Contact: for booking confirmation


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