The Monticello Gardens Permaculture Project: Permaculture is a design system based on principles found in nature. At Monticello Gardens a wide variety of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals are grown at the same time and place forming a polyculture in imitation of the diversity of natural ecosystems.

Today most commercial and even private agriculture is monoculture. Polyculture is the opposite of monoculture, in which only members of one plant species are cultivated together. Polyculture has traditionally been the most prevalent form of agriculture in most parts of the world and is growing in popularity today due to its environmental and health benefits.

Here at Monticello Gardens we grow a wide variety of edible perennial and companion plants. Presently we are offering:

  • Shade trees and canopy trees: Live oak, laurel oak
  • Fruit trees: Apple, pear, loquat, peach, mulberry, nectarine, persimmon, citrus, banana, mayhaw, olive
  • Nut trees: Pecan, hazelnut, almond, walnut
  • Berries: Blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, boysenberry, strawberry
  • Vine: Muscadine, kiwi, runner bean, passion fruit
  • Kitchen and medicinal herbs
  • Companion plants and mulch-producers

Permaculture Design and Implementation Service

At Monticello Gardens we provide comprehensive permaculture design and implementation service. Permaculture design is a system of assembling conceptual, material, and strategic components in a pattern which functions to benefit life in all its forms. The philosophy behind permaculture is one of working with, rather than against, nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless action; of looking at systems in all their functions, rather than asking only one yield of them; and allowing systems to demonstrate their own evolutions. The Company’s permaculture design will aim to bring client’s sustainability, environmentally as well as financially. The Company will help clients that are interested in growing food, growing foodcrops commercially, rehabilitating the land, or creating wildlife habitat to achieve their goals of a healthy, fertile, sustainable, energy yielding system.

What is permaculture?