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Designing Urban Ecosystems: Tools and Techniques for Regenerative Living (2018)

  • Date: April 17, 2018
  • Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

A Four Part Course
Dates: Tuesdays – 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24
Time: 11:30am-1:30pm

Learn about landscape design, community building and future building in this 4-part course. Rooted in holistic horticultural practices and environmental justice, instructor Robyn Mello will draw from her experiences designing and maintaining public gardens throughout the Philadelphia. We will discuss principles of permaculture, land use policy, community organizing, and we will learn about varieties of edible and medicinal perennial plants that will grow well in the Philadelphia area. There will be both hands-on and lecture-based elements to this course, and some specific activities will be determined by attendees. Bartram’s Garden itself is a designed urban ecosystem, and we will be using the landscape as a teacher.

By the end of this course, students will possess:

  • the ability to begin designing their own outdoor space using ecological design practices
  • enhanced knowledge to approach the earth and our needs using a more holistic lens
  • plant, pest, disease, and beneficial insect identification knowledge, as well as the ability to either deter and attract these organisms
  • tools and strategies for community organizing and social event planning for neighborhood work; and
  • a list of resources to gain future experience and get started on projects!


Pre-registration required for this workshop. $120 price or $80 price for Bartram’s Garden members.

Become a member online at bartramsgarden.org/join

Limited half-scholarships available for low-income students. Contact edensporecreations@gmail.com to inquire about partial scholarship opportunity or with other questions. Currently, we are only offering tickets for the full course, but we will open up registration for individual classes if we have enough space. Maximum Registration: 30

Preview class option:
$30 Non-Members
$20 Members

Not sure if you are ready to commit to the full class? Click on the button below to purchase tickets the 4/3 class, only.

$120 for all four classes for nonmembers
$80 for all four classes for Bartram’s members


Edenspore is the life project and business of Robyn Mello. Robyn has spent the last 10 years in the Philadelphia area honing in on her intuition, creativity, and ability to engage with people and planet through permaculture design, environmental research, social justice organizing, herbalism, original music, and lots of walks in the woods. She is the former Orchard Director for The Philadelphia Orchard Project and has extensive experience developing original classes geared towards increasing human and ecosystem health. Learn more about Edenspore and all that she has going on at edenspore.com, or follow @edenspore on Facebook and Instagram!