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That Mulberry Tree
November 3, 2020
RetroSuburbia Roadmap
September 24, 2020
RetroSuburbia Rollout
November 6, 2018
The Melbourne Model
April 23, 2018
Feeding RetroSuburbia
September 24, 2017
Vale Rod May
May 30, 2017
Vale Toby Hemenway
December 23, 2016
A History from the Future
September 2, 2016
Vale Vries Gravestein
October 30, 2014
Vale Errol Mutch
October 16, 2013
A chance meeting
January 22, 2012
Personal Histories
January 15, 2012

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Monet’s Garden at Melliodora

An invitation to be a “pop up speaker” at the NGV’s Monet’s Garden Exhibition gave me an opportunity to address this vexed role of aesthetics in  permaculture, in a very special context.  I was speaking in the largest exhibition space surrounded by Monet’s magnificent water lillies. This post splices my speaking notes with a selection of photos from Melliodora that illustrate the points of the talk. I began my talk by saying “I feel like the devils advocate invited into the Vatican of aesthetics”

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The Problem is the Solution: but solutions can turn back into (the same old) problems

In the early years of promoting permaculture to food gardeners, Bill Mollison used to quip, “you don’t have a snail problem, you have a duck deficiency”. Mollison’s penchant for changing the perspective on a known problem, and identifying how it might represent an unacknowledged resource, reflects ecological thinking: identifying empty niches that can be filled to make gardens or any other (eco)system more resilient and productive. Often the perceived problem can be interpreted as a message from nature – nature’s first step in correcting imbalances.

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