BASED ON THE MIYAWAKI FOREST METHOD
GINA CRANDELL TREE GARDENS
Brookline based landscape architect Gina Crandell has brought her knowledge of Tree Gardens to the urgency of climate change in the design of small, fast-growing native forests. If you have a site in New England, even as small as three parking spaces, where you would like to plant a Tree Garden that improves biodiversity and sequesters carbon, please contact me. We can discuss site selection options, forest sizes, species, and costs.
The Miyawaki method specifies densely-planted native seedlings of trees and shrubs that grow more than three feet each year, becoming a mature forest in 15-20 years. Derived from the work of botanist Akira Miyawaki, the first Miyawaki forest was planted at Yokohama National University in Japan in 1976. Since then thousands of forests, sometimes called Mini-Forests or Tiny Forests, have been planted around the world.
Gina Crandell is the author of Tree Gardens: Architecture and the Forest and Nature Pictorialized: The View in Landscape History. She has taught design studio and landscape history courses for many years, locally at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the Rhode Island School of Design, Northeastern University, and the Boston Architectural College, as well as at Iowa State University, the University of California-Berkeley, and Ohio State University.