Our View

This is a fantastic book for understanding Ecological Design and is entertaining in the way it is written. Having said this, it is focused on temperate climate ecosystems, which gives it limited applicability in Singapore. We really struggle to find books and research on tropical climate permaculture, which is why we decided to solve the problem by doing the research ourselves. If you want to figure out how to apply the principles in Gaia’s Garden in a tropical environment, then it is worthwhile joining our community and learning from those who practice it in this climate.


Book Description

Gaia’s Garden has sparked the imagination of home gardeners the world over by introducing a simple message: working with nature, not against her, results in more beautiful, abundant, and forgiving gardens.

Many people mistakenly think that “ecological gardening”―which involves growing a wide range of edible and other useful plants―can take place only on a large, multiacre scale. As Hemenway demonstrates, it’s fun and easy–even for the beginner–to create a “backyard ecosystem” by assembling communities of plants that can work cooperatively and perform a variety of functions, including:


This revised and updated edition also features a chapter on urban permaculture, designed especially for people in cities and suburbs who have very limited growing space. Whatever size yard or garden you have to work with, you can apply basic permaculture principles to make it more diverse, more natural, more productive, and more beautiful. Best of all, once it’s established, an ecological garden will reduce or eliminate most of the backbreaking work that’s needed to maintain the typical lawn and garden.