About Resilience Design
Resilience Design is a sustainable landscape design and consultation company based in Portland, Oregon. Founded in 2011, its focus is creating ‘homesteads and habitats’ – multifunctional spaces that serve the needs of people while contributing to the workings of the ecosystems we reside within.
Mulysa Melco is a landscape designer and artist. She has a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a Master of Agriculture in Horticulture degree (focusing on landscape design and garden history) from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She studied at the Istituto d’Arte in Florence, Italy and interned at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew in England.
In 2000 I started my own landscape design/build and maintenance company in the Twin Cities, Asylum Design. We built over 30 projects that translated spirit of the prairie/savannah ecosystem into functional urban spaces. We also grew native plants and organic veggie starts for our projects, our annual plant sale extravaganza, and our farmer’s market stand.
After moving to Portland, OR, I spent five years as coordinator of the Planscaper design program at Dennis’ Seven Dees, a 60-year old family-owned company. My design work there included over 500 projects that addressed a very wide range of landscape themes such as Northwest native, medicinal, Asian, xeriscape (water-saving), wildlife habitat, tropical, formal European and contemporary.
In 2010 I completed a Permaculture Design Certification course. It changed the way I thought about sustainability and offered many wholistic approaches and decision making tools to help clients move towards ecological (and fun!) solutions to managing their property. Even better, I met so many resourceful and energetic people that are doing inspiring work. I incorporate permaculture principles and conduct ongoing research in my own garden. In fall of 2014 I earned an advanced permaculture certificate in optical surveying at the Siskiyou Permaculture Institute and have continued to deepen my exploration with courses in Advanced Mapping and Social Forestry.
The desire to design for the needs of all beings makes the creation of habitat an central component of my work. I am in good company on the landscaper directory of the Backyard Habitat Certification program through the Portland Audubon Society and Columbia Land Trust and on the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District Conservation Directory. Native plants are multifunctional and critically important to creating high quality habitat so I emphasis their use in my projects while also helping clients make an organic management plan to mitigate invasive weeds on their property.
All of my work is designed to be installed and managed without the use of chemicals. As a member of Sustainable Overlook, a neighborhood sustainability team, I have launched a project to create a neighborhood-wide pesticide free zone to protect our health, water, pollinators and wildlife. Partnering with Metro, we ask neighbors to use safe natural gardening techniques.
View my landscape work, garden projects and botanical adventures on Instagram @resiliencedesign.
Read my top 3 Landscape Design tips.
Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides – Business League
Backyard Habitat Certification Program – Landscaper Directory
Sustainable Overlook (Overlook Neighborhood Association) – Steering Committee
The Columbia Land Trust
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