Horticultural Society of South Jersey

“Designing Your Backyard Eco-orchard”

Join Robyn Mello, Orchard Director for The Philadelphia Orchard Project and Owner of Edenspore, LLC, to learn the fundamentals of eco-orchard design. Her presentation will touch on-site analysis, soil-building, plant niches, specific edible plants and fungi for this climate, culinary and medicinal benefits of select species, basic pest and disease management, "big picture" justifications for eco-design, and resources for gardeners to move forward with their own designs and education.

Participants will also have the option to go home with a berry cutting or two to try their hand at simple perennial plant propagation techniques. Donations will be appreciated for these plants and instructions for their care.

The Philadelphia Orchard Project (POP) is a non-profit in its 10th season which has planted and supports 56 community orchards spread throughout the city of Philadelphia. The organization hosts myriad planting, maintenance, social, and educational events throughout the year. It is also largely fueled by volunteer energy. If you would like to get involved in urban agriculture in any way, signing up for the POP Volunteer
Newsletteris a great way to start! Edenspore, LLC is Robyn's new business promoting her services in permaculture design, self-sufficiency education, musical performance, herbal products, and art. 

Robyn is a Camden County native who now resides in Philadelphia but spends a significant amount of time seeking solace and insight from the Pinelands. She has been using permaculture design to introduce healthy ecosystems to urban gardens, rural farms, and residential backyards in the Philadelphia area since 2010. Additionally, she organizes education and artisan vending for Pinelands-based music, art, and sustainability festival, Beardfest; writes and performs original music throughout the region; sells plant and mushroom medicines from homegrown and foraged products, and creates visual art to add to her messaging of creating a more just and healthy world for all. . Free and open to the public. Carmen Tilelli Hall, 820 Mercer Street, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002. For more information call 856-816-8508.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at 7:00 pm.   Horticultural Society of South Jersey Presents

NOTE:  The Cherry Hill Sun printed that we have a meeting on June 20, 2017 at the Community Center   This is a mistake.  Our next meeting will be September 12, 2017, 7:00 P.M. 


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 This Month's Event

Spring Flower Show

Program:  Designing Your Backyard Eco-Orchard with Robyn Mello

Flower Show Program

Hip, hip, hooray, the Flower Show is on the way! Mark your calendar for Tuesday, June 13 and start planning what entries you hope to bring to the Flower Show; the more the merrier! Our usual meeting place will be alive with the creativity of our members. Invite friends to see a room filled with vibrant colors, interesting textures, and inspiring photographs. The judges for our spring show are Art Wolk, Beverly Thompson and Harold Buchanan.


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