Holmgren Design

Explore Melliodora, one of the best examples of cool-temperate climate permaculture in the world. Situated in the Victorian central highlands, this one hectare property has been transformed from a blackberry covered wasteland into a model of small scale intensive permaculture.
In this online tour, David Holmgren and his partner Su Dennett will show you how their passive solar house, mixed food gardens, orchards, dams and livestock, as well as creek revegetation, have been developed and maintained.
Discover ways that you can apply the underlying permaculture principles and strategies to your own situation.

From its origins as a consultancy business, Holmgren Design has evolved over the years to include education, publishing and related activities to extend and deepen the understanding and application of permaculture ethics and design principles.
Today a dedicated team at Holmgren Design is building on the pioneering vision of David Holmgren and Su Dennett to contribute to the wider recognition of permaculture as a conceptual framework within the sustainability discourse in Australia and internationally.

David Holmgren is best known as the co-originator of permaculture. In 1978, he and Bill Mollison published Permaculture One, starting the global permaculture movement. Since then, David has developed three properties, consulted and supervised on urban and rural projects, written eight more books, and presented lectures, workshops and courses in Australia and around the world. His writings over those three decades span a diversity of subjects and issues, whilst always illuminating aspects of permaculture thinking and living.
Su Dennett is David’s partner in life and livelihood, sharing their home base Melliodora and businesses Holmgren Design and Melliodora Publishing. As well as the businesses, Su focuses her prodigious energy and passion in the kitchen and community.