Spring 2021

We’re getting closer to the spring equinox and signs of the changing season are all around. Bulbs are flowering, fruit trees are budding and gardens are looking a bit greener already. It’s hard to believe the city was covered in snow and ice a a couple weeks ago! There is still a lot of clean up going on and first aid to our beloved urban canopy. Here are a few things we’re looking forward to.

Seed CSA The next seed collection will come out in May. Sign up here to get seeds quarterly, for year round gardening!

Resilience Design Nursery is open for order via email with pick up in inner North Portland. Check out the plant availability here. More will be added each month this spring!

Garden Kids Summer Camp – A limited number of spaces are available for Session 1.

Asian pear blossoms
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Winter 2021

We’re easing into the new year and have lots of plans for the coming months. Here are a few things we’re looking forward to.

Design Your Own Yard – February 16, 23, March 2, 9 Registration is open now. Online workshop plus a site visit to your yard.

Seed CSA The next seed collection will come out the first week of February. Sign up here to get seeds quarterly, for year round gardening!

North American Rewilding Conference A whole weekend of classes, open space conference and optional hands-on land tending sessions. Plus a keynote on Sunday afternoon with So and Pinar from Queer Nature. I’ll be offering an online alternative to the hands-on sessions, on Plant Propagation on Sunday morning, Jan. 31. Details and registration at rewilding.com

Resilience Design Nursery is open for order via email with pick up in inner North Portland. Check out the plant availability here. More will be added each month this spring!

Garden Kids Summer Camp – General registration opens in February if space is available.

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Design Your Own Yard 2021

I’m offering my Design Your Own Yard workshop on Tuesday evenings February 16 through March 9. The course is online, plus a visit to your site if you live in the Portland, OR Metro area.

The focus of this four week course is practical tools and guidance to help you plan a yard that is offers higher quality habitat for the more-than-humans in your local watershed and supports your household and community in terms of preparedness and resilience: Storing water, growing food and medicine and extra herbs and produce to share through mutual aid channels, energy efficiency, growing your own craft materials, creating spaces for gathering or exchange, utilizing local and reclaimed materials and more.

Taking good care of the land we live on by creating good habitat is among the least we can do as settlers on stolen land.

We’ll also go over ways to make your yard enjoyable, peaceful and multi-functional as many of us continue to spend a LOT of time at home.
This course is geared towards folks in the Pacific Northwest, but if you live outside the Portland Metro you could take it without the site visit at a reduced rate.

Sign up with a friend or partner (to work on the same site) for a reduced tuition rate.

There are a couple spots for BIPOC at no cost. Just register and let me know in the comment field.


About Mulysa and Resilience Design
Mulysa Melco is an ecological landscape designer, horticulturist, and artist with a lifelong passion for plants and exploring our connection with the land.

Her business, Resilience Design, plans urban and rural landscapes that help us reclaim our connection with nature and seasonal cycles. Her work aims to cultivate a sense of place, encourage land tending, help people connect to the land they live on, repair the soil, heal the water and navigate shifting times.

She teaches botany and ecology classes for the Clackamas Community College, Portland Underground Graduate School and Rewild Portland.

About Erica Smith and Shangri-La Landscape Design

Erica Smith is the owner of Shangri-La Landscape Design. Her mission is to help clients realize their own personal garden oasis, or “Shangri-La.” In designing modern-looking, native-centric, and drought-tolerant gardens, she values:

+Sustainable Beauty
+Nuanced design solutions
+Connections to Nature
+Adaptation to Climate Change

As a former land use planner, real estate analyst, and community development professional Erica brings a big picture vision to the design table as well as a keen eye for detail. This includes an understanding of how to create gardens that have positive impacts on our communities, and vice-versa.  
Erica was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She currently lives in SE Portland with her dog-child Billie Holiday. In her free time she likes to backpack, whitewater raft, play in her own garden, and spend time with her nieces and nephew.

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Fall Planting Time

The rains have returned and it’s time to plant fruit trees, berry bushes, cover crops, native wildflower seed and more.

See our current availability of plants and seeds here.

Our Seed CSA offers quarterly collections of organically grown seeds for year-round gardening.

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Design Your Own Yard

This October I’ll be offering a session of Design Your Own Yard online plus a personal site visit with each participant.

There are free or sliding scale spaces for BIPOC and there may be work trade opportunities. Email me if you’re interested.

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Summer 2020


Whole systems design

Thanks for your interest in Resilience Design. We are offering consultations on site again with new policies due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Here are some updates!

Consultations and Design Work We’re scheduling consultations and design services for Fall 2020 and Winter 2021. Email Mulysa to tell us about your project and find a time to meet. mulysa@resiliencedesign.com

Resilience Design Nursery The nursery is closed for the summer and will reopen for ordering via email during fall planting time. Check back for an updated list in September.

Seed Store and Seed CSA Our seed store is open, ordering via email with pick up in North Portland. The next Seed CSA packet is coming up soon for the August new moon. It’s time to plant fall and winter crops! Email Mulysa to sign up: mulysa@resiliencedesign.com

Native meadow flowers

Design Your Own Yard Workshop We hope to offer an online version that includes an in-person site visit in October 2020. Join our mailing list to hear details.

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Nursery open Sat. 6/27

Pick up plant orders or come by and shop this Saturday, June 27 from noon to 5 pm.

Wear a mask!

5523 N. Detroit Ave.

Check out the June Plant availability here plus I have lots of small quantities of plants not listed.

Black raspberry
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Plant and Seed Orders

We have lots of seeds and plants available including tomatoes, veggie starts, native plants, culinary and medicinal herbs and more.

Self-service no-contact pick up from my nursery in North Portland (Overlook Neighborhood).

Check out the current plant & seed availability here! Just send me an email with your order at mulysa@resiliencedesign.com.

Thanks for supporting local small businesses!

Red dock
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I’ve been busy growing 24 varieties of tomato starts for you. Pre-ordering is now open. Pick up 5/9 and beyond.

See Tomato descriptions here.

See order form here with currant availability. Email your order to mulysa@resiliencedesign.com

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Nursery Update

4/12/20: The nursery is closed for restocking. We’ll reopen Monday 4/20. Thanks so much for your interest and support! I’m so glad to be able to provide plants and seeds during this time when we need to work together to grow food, localize and tend the land. Feel free to send in an order and I’ll fill them in the order they are received or check for a new availability next week. 

The tomato order form will be up then and tomato ordering will be open. It’s not time to plant tomatoes outdoors without protection yet! They need night temperatures at least in the 50’s. Tonight it’s going to be 37 F in North Portland, with night temps in the 40s all week. Don’t stunt your plants, wait till the time is right and help them thrive. Tomatoes are tropical and love warmth, lots of sun and humidity. Depending on the weather, I plant mine in mid- to late-May in my sheltered urban garden.

Heirloom tomato
Red cherry tomato
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