The Pocket Woodlands® design concept was developed by Martin Ford, a third-generation horticulturist, former University of Guelph instructor, and co-founder of Urban Cottage Landscapes in Guelph with his wife and business partner, Judy Roeder.


Pocket Woodlands® designs are inspired by nature and adapted for the urban home landscape to create a community of healthy trees and other natural features.

Martin has personally installed numerous Pocket Woodlands® landscape features for clients in the Guelph-Wellington, Halton Region and the GTA-Greater Toronto Area through Urban Cottage Landscapes, bringing naturalized cottage-style designs to urban home environments.

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Martin and Judy are now focusing on bringing the Pocket Woodlands® design concept to the world, with plans to launch a Pocket Woodlands® design certification program in 2021 for landscaping professionals. Interested in learning more about certification?

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Pocket Woodlands® design is a system of planting trees that promotes strong, rapid root growth for optimal tree health and longevity in urban areas.

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