“Ecological awareness is the same thing as mystical experience”
– Alan Watts
Arcane Ecology is the brainchild of avid gardener Alex Waller. Armed with a collection of mostly second-hand tools, a small van, and a third-hand trailer home-made into a box, no other landscaper in Nottingham can achieve so much from as little.
Thanks to a Permaculture Design course completed in Norwich back in 2016, he saw a need for a different approach than what is commonly taken for all kinds of green spaces. As much as for the environment’s benefit, an alternative strategy harks back to an ancient time when there were more forests, and our food was foraged rather than cultivated.
In our technocratic 21st century, this THE healthy development required for our environment. The more connected to nature we feel even in our urban sprawl, the more we will respect it – whether by not dropping litter in parks or simply taking more satisfaction from it.
Ornamental and edible plants can exist side-by-side. Too little thought is paid to combinations of plants that get actually along with each other. New trees are put down far too close to each other on roadsides, and in a frankly ridiculous grid-iron formation. Councils should consider desire lines more in public spaces. True genetic engineering occurs in a field by the crops’ own self-selection, not in a laboratory. Nature loves the edges, nurture by man maximises them.
By learning through experimentation at home, first with an inner city potted garden growing tomatoes, then moving on to a rural farm house growing massive pumpkins, the aptitude of an effective garden planner has been gradually honed to a nature-loving edge.
With experience this year from completing various jobs labouring with tree surgeons, and cultivating a vegetable garden from scratch, Alex tries to keep busy going forward by providing even more for more people.
The Symbolism Behind the Logo
A chance online encounter with Brazilian artist Maurílio Barreto gave existence to this logo, which I have used ever since. The particular chat logs of its creation are now lost forever in time, but I can tell you how it all came about.
Originally I had a crude example illustration painted in emulsion paint on a large canvas, again with the arrows in the middle. This is significant because all the directions energy can move when a lot of its put into one place resonates with a successful gardener. A bed is made with a certain combination of mulch, and from there nature takes over with its many possibilities for what does and does not grow.
The spade and fork are based on real examples which were part of a set gifted to me by my grandparents when they gave up their allotment. The spade isn’t actually much use now due to its flexibility at extreme leverage, but I have yet to directly replace any of them – or even see another one quite like them!
The shamrock in the sun is representative of my Irish grandfather on the other side of the family, but also the luck you ultimately need with the weather in order to get anything done…!
Out of my mum’s bedroom were the plants in the wreath design. I wanted to pass on an example of what British plants were like to my artist friend in Brazil, and also raspberries are quite tasty.
Maurílio added the bees himself to represent mutual care – and because he is incredibly good at drawing them! Please look at his other brilliant work here and also here if this artwork has affected you.
After all I only commissioned it – but as you can see it is integral to my work and story.
“The last guy took two days to do all that!”– a happy customer