Wow... It has been quite a year so far! So many changes throughout the world! There has certainly been plenty of turmoil on the political and environmental landscape, but we remain optimistic. So many great people taking action! Whether getting started with a few potted edibles on the back porch, or a dramatic front-yard transformation, we have seen some amazing things from our clients this year. On that note, we want to thank you all for being a part of our community and for your interest in local food. You are the reason why we do what we do!
Before we get down to Seasonal Specials (listed near the bottom), I'd like to take a moment to address a very important topic... WATER!
For many reasons, some closer to homes than others (Shawnigan Lake, Standing Rock, pipelines, drought, etc), there has been a surging interest in water management and protection. It is inspiring to see the many ways that people are taking direct action in their lives, whether through political demonstrations, reducing water consumption, or investing in clean energy.
As Geoff Lawton is famously quoted, "All the world's problems can be solved in a garden."
Global water issues are no exception. Whether its choosing drought tolerant edibles, mixed wood-chip mulch, wicking beds (can reduce watering by 80% or more), or installing a raingarden, cistern, permeable hardscaping, or bioswales, there are so many ways we can make an impact at home.
This year we had the opportunity to install a beautiful edible raingarden for one of our clients. The garden planted with many edible native species, as well some more exotic drought tolerant species. If you haven't eaten a Chilean Guava... Wow! I swear these taste like candy... Almost like Skittles of the Garden, but so much better!
While installing the garden, which diverts water from the downspout of the roof, as well as run-off from the road, I had a vision of a beautiful future. A future where we ALL take action on our own landscapes, in service of water. Imagine for a moment that ALL houses on the coast had an edible raingarden. Raingardens not only filter runoff and restore aquifers (as well as reduce Stormwater Taxes!), but this can be an amazing way to generate healthy, delicious food. The water savings in a raingarden can be incredible as well, which not only saves money, but preserves a precious resource as well. The City of Victoria is offering tax rebates for those who install raingardens through the Rainwater Rewards Program. Great to see true political leadership like this!
We have been so inspired by the way so many people are stepping up around us, and we want to offer a special to our clients this holiday season. The winter is a great time to reflect and look forward to the new year. The winter rains also provide a great opportunity to observe the flow of water on our property, which is truly our most valuable asset.
We would like to offer the following specials, as inspired by our dear friend Melanie Lichtinger.
From now until December 21, if you call to book a 2 hr Consultation for the months of December, January, or February, we would like to offer you the following specials:
For Yourself: 25% off (Reg $100 --> Now $75) For A Friend or Family Member: 35% Off (Regular $100 --> Now $65) **2 For 1 Special**: If you pay Full Price for a 2 hour consultation, we will offer a Free Consultation to a Friend or Family Member of your choice. (Only 5 Available)
If you purchase for friend, family, or 2-for-1, we will send you a personalized Gift Certificate. This could literally be a gift that keeps on giving (and feeding), the people you love for years to come.
If you are interested, please give us a call at 778-747-3318, or reply to this email. We would love to be of service to you and yours!
On behalf of Edible Landscapes Design, I would like to wish you all the best at this very special time.
May you all share many great moments of connection and reflection in the coming days <3