Permaculture Plants – Canopy Layer Plants: Nuts, Nitrogen Fixers & Evergreens + Seed Saving 101

October 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Resiliency Institute
10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd
Naperville, IL 60565
$30 -$80
Connie Kollmeyer

Fall is the perfect time to plant trees and shrubs and this class will provide you the information you need to start or add to your permaculture forest garden this year.  Tonight, you will learn about the multipurpose functions our canopy layer trees can provide in our forest gardens. You will also learn about different harvests we can glean from our canopy layer plants. Enjoy a tea made from some of these trees in class, and learn how to make your own delicious, nutty, hickory syrup at home.

Permaculture edible forest gardens typically consist of at least seven layers – fungi, groundcovers, vines, herbaceous, shrubs, sub-canopy trees, canopy trees. Over the course of four months, learn about the plants commonly used within each layer including varieties, care and maintenance, ecology, best application, harvesting, and uses. For each layer we’ll discuss 15-40 plants empowering you with the knowledge and confidence to effectively incorporate a full range of tasty, functional species into your permaculture garden!


This series of three classes on the forest garden canopy layer will give you everything you need to know to create an abundant, well-integrated tree layer.  Take one or take them all!

  • 10/15:  Nuts, Nitrogen Fixers & Evergreens + Seed Saving 101:  Learn some of the amazing nut producing trees we can grow here and what forest garden plants to install with them.  Also, you will learn some seed saving tips and techniques, which is an important way to grow abundance and savings!
  • 10/22:  Fruits 1:  Stone Fruit, Selection and Care + Pruning 101: Peaches, Cherries, Plums, Nectarines – YUM! If you are going to grow fruit trees you also need to learn how to prune, so in this class you will learn and practice the basics of pruning to keep your trees productive and healthy. 
  • 10/29:  Fruit Trees 2:  Natives and Non-Stone Fruit + Biological Management: In this class you will learn about some of the delicious food producing and useful native trees that we can grow in our area. Also, when you garden intensively you need to learn the proper strategies for keeping pests at bay, so after learning about some of the critters you need to keep an eye open for you will learn how to make a natural spray to keep your plants healthy and protected.  

Connie-Kollmeyer-headshot-2019     Instructor:  Connie Kollmeyer

Suggested texts:

The Holistic Orchard – Michael Phillips   

Creating a Forest Garden: Working with Nature to Grow Edible Crops, Martin Crawford 

Landscaping with Fruit – Lee Reich

Edible Landscaping –  Rosalyn Creasey

Tree Crops: A Permanent Agriculture – J. Russell Smith



Take the full Series for $80 or take them individually
Nuts, Nitrogen Fixers & Evergreens – $30
Fruits 1:  Stone Fruit, Selection and Care – $30
Fruit Trees 2:  Natives and Non-Stone Fruit– $30


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