Design Your Own Yard Workshop

Design Your Own Yard! 
Create a plan for your yard using permaculture design principles. A series of 6 collaborative work sessions will guide you through the design process, plant selection, budgeting and making a plan of action. Starting with a look at the flow of energy, water and nutrients in our household ‘systems’, we’ll chart a path towards a more efficient, useful, beautiful and realistic yard for you. This class will build on what you already know and draw on Mulysa’s extensive experience designing, building and maintaining urban homesteads. You’ll leave with a plan for your yard!

Dates: 6 sessions, Wednesday evenings, April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23
Time:  6:30-8:30 pm
Location: Thicket Nursery, 4933 NE 23rd Ave || Alberta Arts
Cost: $480 || Sign up with a friend or partner for $680 total! || Work trade and sliding scale available.
Space is limited to 12 students.
Register here:

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Permaculture Workshop at Xera Plants

Planting the Multi-functional Garden:
A Permaculture look at the Xera Plants catalog 

Update: The workshop is full! Thanks for all your interest. Check the events pages for more upcoming courses.

Sat. March 24, 10 am – noon 
Xera Plants
Retail Shop 1114 SE. Clay St. Portland,  Oregon 97214
Instructor: Mulysa Melco
Cost: Free!
Space is limited. Please register below to reserve your spot.

Xera Plants’ mission is to grow unusual and high quality plants – and to espouse  “a viable alternative to the water-intensive gardening aesthetic.” You probably caught on from their name that many of their plants can withstand our summer dry (xeric) season without a lot of supplemental water. But did you know they offer many plants that are benefical in other ways?

Among Xera’s beautiful selection are plants for soil restoration, carbon sequestration, food, drinks, medicine, dyes, crafts, creating a regional sense of place – and plants that can help create habitat for birds, pollinators and wildlife in the Pacific Northwest.

Explore Xera’s incredible plant offerings through the lens of permaculture (a design methodology based on natural systems). Learn some ways ecological thinking can be applied to create multi-functional gardens such as creating guilds of plant species.  Join us to discuss how gardens and gardeners can have a positive role in the ecosystem!

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Design Your Own Yard ::: Landscape Design Coaching

Landscape Design Coaching session!

Landscape Design Coaching work session!

Do you have ideas about how you’d like to use your yard, how it could look, feel and what kinds of plants you might like to grow – but you’re not sure how to plan it out?

Resilience Design offers a coaching service that can help bring all your ideas together into a realistic plan of action.

Landscape Design Coaching is a budget-friendly option for those who need a plan for their yard and want to be hands-on with the planning process. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of your site and get experience with the permaculture landscape design process.

Through a series of coaching sessions, you’ll create your own landscape plan tailored to your budget, time and interests – and the microclimates of your site. It’s an opportunity to learn about whole systems design while exploring the possibilities of your site with expert guidance and support. You’ll receive resources in each phase to expand your knowledge of sustainable landscaping, permaculture, water systems, urban ecosystems, pollinator habitat, growing food and herbal medicine and organic gardening methods. By the last session you’ll have created a custom master plan and plant list for your site.

Session 1 – Base map, site analysis, zone and sector analysis
Session 2 – Concept planning of landscape elements, spaces and systems
Session 3 – Layout plan and material choices
Session 4 – Planting diagram, guilds and plant list

The fee for the individual coaching program is starts at $850 for typical urban residential lots and includes 4 work sessions at your site (90 min each). Talk with Mulysa about pricing for other types of properties and group rates.

Get the confidence and tools you need to transform your yard into a place you love to be, that supports your needs and the local ecosystem.

Compare to master planning and other available services here.

Contact Mulysa with questions or to schedule your first session: mulysa [at]

Resilience Design Landscape Coaching brochure (PDF) DesignCoaching_ResilienceDesign_2018

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Drawing Plants: Winter Meditation

Join me for a winter drawing retreat on Wednesday evenings in January. Unplug for a couple hours and tune-in to the often overlooked beauty of winter in Portland.

Using simple materials like pencil, charcoal, and ink, we’ll trace the arc of late winter, marking the weeks by exploring the details of seeds, jewel-like buds, and the signs of spring’s approach. All experience levels welcome.

Drawing Plants: Winter Meditation 
Dates: Wednesdays, January 10, 17, 24, 31 
Time:  7-9 pm
Location: People’s Co-Op || 3029 SE 21st Ave
$149 || Space limited to 25 students
Registration and Details: Portland Underground Grad School

Scholarships available.

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Fall Planting Time – Fruit tree sale!

This is a great time of year to get trees and shrubs settled in to the ground and I’m extending my fall planting time sale till the end of November.

All Fruit Trees 20% off!

Includes Asian pears, European pears, Plums, Cornelian Cherry dogwood, Medlar, Fig and more.

See the plant availability list and descriptions here. The nursery is open by appointment for plant pick up and browsing! Email me at to find a time to stop by. Delivery to N and NE Portland is available.

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Decoding Plants: Seeing Urban Trees with New Eyes

I’m excited to be teaching a botany/ecology course with the Portland Underground Grad School in October. This is the next course in my Decoding Plants series – this time a schedule-friendly weekend workshop! Please join us! Details below.

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14 – 15, 10 am – 3 pm
Location: Overlook Neighborhood (You’ll receive meeting information upon registration)
$160 individual/$225 corporate || 20 student maximum

Registration open at Portland Underground Grad School

Deepen your connection with the place we live by tuning in to the world of trees and learning how the flora of our bio-region is in flux. Understanding the species we share our home with positions us to be advocates for conservation and offers tools for reimagining our personal and collective relationships to nature.

Have you ever walked around your neighborhood, or gone on a hike, and wished you knew the names of the trees you saw? Have you ever wondered how they fit into the ecosystem and what uses they have? Have you ever felt daunted by conifer identification? In this class, you’ll learn to recognize our local trees and how to identify conifers. By the end of the course, you’ll have created your own guide to 10 major tree families – and you will have fresh eyes for the trees that live right outside your door.

Day 1: Tree Patterns. Explore the taxonomy (how plants are classified according to their relationships) and morphology (the form and parts of a plant) of trees and meet our first five plant families, including native and introduced species. Practice using a key to identify conifers.

Day 2: Tree Communication. Learn how trees interact with each other and other species in the ecosystem. We’ll discuss the ethnobotany of trees in the Willamette Valley including edible, medicinal and culturally significant species. Take a woodland walk to practice identifying five more tree families.

What to bring: Sketch book, pencil, eraser, pencil sharpener
Optional texts: Botany in a Day by Thomas Elpel, Pacific Coast Tree Finder by Tom Watts
Bring drinking water and a bag lunch or buy lunch at one of several nearby cafes.
Dress for the weather and bring sun/rain protection, and whatever you need to be comfortable walking outdoors.



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My next e-newsletter will be a summer reading list and movies that form the inspiration for my permaculture work and teaching and I consider an essential tool kit for earth repair of all kinds. I would love to share it with you – sign up to receive the next newsletter!

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Decoding Plants – Summer Session

I’m excited to teach a mid-summer session of my botany course with the Portland Underground Graduate School. Registration and Details  Portland Underground Grad School

Decoding Plants: Seeing Urban Flora with New Eyes
Tuesdays, July 8th – August 1st || 6:30-8:30 pm
Meets in Overlook Neighborhood || North Portland
Four weeks, $100 || Space is limited to 20 students.



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Plant Sale at Permaculture Rising – This Sunday!

Check out permaculture teacher Marisha Auerbach’s urban homestead and plant sale this Sunday in Southeast Portland. Marisha grows wonderful organic veggie starts, berries, medicinal herbs and more. Find her plant list and information about her garden here. Her partner Zane will give a tour of their lush permaculture garden at 11 am.

Resilience Design will be a guest vendor at the sale on Sunday with fruit trees, berry bushes, native plants, seeds and many more multi-functional plants – current availability here.

Sunday, June 11, 10 am – 2pm
4816 SE 50th Ave., just north of Raymond St.
Woodstock Neighborhood

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Plant Shopping in May/June

Thank you everyone who made our plant sale a wonderful day! So much sunshine, so many plants going out into the world to build more pollinator habitat, food forests and happy harvests for dinner time.

The Resilience Design Nursery will be open by appointment for shopping till June 17, and then will close till fall planting time. Email Mulysa to set up a time to come by and pick out seeds, plants and see the garden. or 503-956-0152

There are wonderful plants still, check out the catalog here. The list is not updated – but will be soon – there are a number of species available not listed and a few things have sold out.

A few of the plants available:

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Tomato 'Pineapple'

Tomato ‘Pineapple’

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Red raspberry.

Red raspberry.

Fall gold raspberry

Fall gold raspberry

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