Creativity & Inspirations


Creativity & Inspirations in the Design Process

Permaculture Gardens serve many functions. They producing food; medicinal plants; grow different fibres for craft materials, flowers attract beneficials insects, butterflies and birds. A beautiful garden is a wonderful place to meditate and to reconnect with ourselves, nature and our world.  Using creative, natural patterns in garden designs creates more edges, which often increases diversity and productivity.  Garden and landscape design can be inspired by best practice permaculture and organic growing spiced with  artistic expression, installations - nature's art combined with human creativity. 

Innovative design can help maximize potential use of space, using where possible recycled/reused/locally resourced and minimal impact materials. Please enjoy some of these wonderful examples of fabulous creativity in action. They have inspired the members of the Taman Petanu Eco Neighborhood and hopefully they can bring smiles to you too :)

Some wonderful examples of creative garden designs

Garden art and sculptures - examples from all over the world

Permaculture Ethics and Design Principles

Central to permaculture are the three ethics: 

care for the earth • care for people • fair share

These form the foundation for permaculture design and are also found in most traditional societies. Ethics are culturally evolved mechanisms that regulate self-interest, giving us a better understanding of good and bad outcomes. The greater the power of humans, the more critical ethics become for long-term cultural and biological survival.Permaculture ethics are distilled from research into community ethics, learning from cultures that have existed in relative balance with their environment for much longer than more recent civilisations. 

This does not mean that we should ignore the great teachings of modern times, but in the transition to a sustainable future, we need to consider values and concepts outside the current social norm. For more information please visit

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