Chris Cosby - Plantsman

Consultant / Permaculture Designer / Urban Ecological Designer / Garden Designer /  Educator


“I grew up in the fields and forests of southeastern Alabama, a beautiful place of grand hardwood forests and abundant rivers. I was struck by the beauty of the land at a young age.

Observation has taught me to view each site as a set of conditions suitable to particular plant species. “Prospect, not problem” is my motto. This intimate familiarity with a wide variety of species allows me to tailor plant palettes to any given site.

A passionate and constant observer of waysides and wild places, my approach to design is Robinsonian. I strive to bring the feeling of these places into even the most formal of settings. Visually, I knit varying forms, textures, and hues to create a space both harmonious and energetic—subtle, yet epic. A successful space should host a different experience every time it is visited, and yet never be too busy or chaotic.

As a plantsman, I gather seeds of trees, shrubs, grasses, vines, and herbs, sowing them for future gardens, for re-wilding in appropriate locations, and simply for the sake of growing them to learn about them. My own garden is a grand experiment; a living laboratory of ornamental, food and medicinal plants—because gardens are for living in.”

Chris recently completed his Permaculture Design Certification under Geoff Lawton’s instruction from the Permaculture Research Institute in Australia. You can view Chris's digital certificate here and learn more about the accompanying credentials. The certificate's authenticity can be verified by you and is proven 100% secure. 

Click here to view Chris’s Professional and Educator CV.