North Carolina Botanical Garden


LUNCHBOX Talk: Food Forests: Vertically Layered Edible Gardens

with Will Hooker, Landscape Architect and Permaculture Designer
The registration period has closed for this event.

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019

Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Fee: Free, preregistration required.


Food forests are a permaculture concept now gaining popularity as a new concept for edible public gardens in the United States. One of the first developed in our state is a guerilla gardening effort started on a piece of abandoned land in the late 1990s in Asheville, NC. These designs are intended to mimic a forest ecosystem with layers of plantings from ground covers to canopy trees, with edible fruits and medicinals making up many of the species.


CEUs: This program has been submitted to the NC Board of Landscape Architects for approval to confer 1.00 Continuing Education hour for landscape architects. A sign in sheet will be available at the talk, and a certificate of participation will be provided to landscape architects seeking CE credit for attendance. 


Registration open through 10/10/2019 11:00 AM

About the Speaker

Will Hooker was raised near Lake Ontario in NY, obtained an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture from the SUNY College of Forestry at Syracuse University in 1967, and a Masters degree from NC State University in 1979. In the years between the two, he traveled North America and Europe on his thumb as a "flower child," and practiced landscape architecture in Raleigh, Durham, and San Francisco. From 1979 until 2013, he taught small-scale garden design in the Department of Horticulture at NC State. On a sabbatical study leave in 1988 while bicycling across the U.S., he became upset by the lack of people out caring for the land and wondered if there might be a better way for humans to relate to the Earth. He searched for and found a message about living in a more sustainable manner, a method called permaculture. He is now certified as both a designer and a teacher by the Permaculture Institute of North America.

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Reeves Auditorium

Allen Education Center, Building A
100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

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