"Our urban forest garden is an intensively managed backyard foraging paradise, a megadiverse living ark of useful and multifunctional plants from our own bioregion and around the world. The forest garden is the unifying element of a larger permaculture design for food production, wildlife habitat, and social spaces that encompasses the entire property."This is what the place looked like in the beginning, 2004:
Looks like your regular urban lot, and well, it is. (Or should I say it was.)
Here's the same view, taken in 2008:
And a similar view in the summer of 2010 (note the persimmon tree on the left, the lotuses in the water garden, and the hardy kiwi arbor - three of my favorite things in the garden):
It's from this urban back (and front) yard that I get most of the things I write about in this blog. It is a delight to live here. May this blog inspire the creation of gardens like this in all places! Food Forests For All!