Each week until Tour Time, Prairie Sage will be profiling one of the sites on our 2017 tours list. For more information on our complete tours listing, and to register, check out the 2017 Calgary Permaculture Tour page!
For the second year in a row, reGenerate Design will be joining our list of awesome tour sites. This year Adrian, Lindsay and Luke will be showing off 2 of their works of art on two separate tour dates. In addition to this, they are the designers for the Senses of the Soul landscape--a new addition to the tours this year (and also where we are scheduled to enjoy dinner for 2 out of the 4 tour dates).
This year reGenerate will be taking us to Ramsay (July 29th) and to Mongomery (August 13). Each of these sites is profiled briefly below:
This backyard is an example of permaculture principles in action! The backbone of this project is the integrated rainwater harvesting system that exemplifies the principle of catching and storing energy by putting rainwater to use in five different ways before it leaves the property. This project efficiently and effectively brings together many important uses in a compact space, allowing the homeowner to obtain a variety of yields from perennial food forest areas, a water feature tire pond, social space with a fire pit, and nearly 200 square feet of raised annual vegetable beds that are equipped with custom-designed season-extending cold frames.
In this full-property project, the challenge was the solution. Working with a triangular property shape, a unique house orientation that captures passive solar energy, and a steep slope in the rear and side yard areas; all of these challenges resulted in a beautiful and functional design that takes advantage of the site characteristics. Rainwater flows from the downspouts through dry creek beds to cascading mulch basins that weave through the yard and form interesting pockets of food forests intertwined with flagstone and crushed rundle pathways. A trellis for growing hops extends along the main pathway that leads to the patio area and eventually to the secret corner reading nook. All of the elements work together to form a cohesive space that can be enjoyed by the homeowners and their friends and family.
The third of reGenerate Design's sites on our list, the Senses of the Soul (July 29 and August 12) has it's own story and therefore, will be profiled separately at a future date.
Next week's profile: The Leaf Ninjas
Ted Bahr is the founder of Prairie Sage Permaculture