The Alan Chadwick Archive

“We are the living links in a life force that moves and plays around and through us, binding the deepest soils with the farthest stars.”


                                              (photo courtesy of David Field)


                                    Alan Chadwick (1909-1980)

E. F. Schumacher (Small is Beautiful) called Englishman Alan Chadwick "the greatest horticulturist of the 20th century." Chadwick founded the French Intensive Biodynamic System, combining double digging, intensive growing beds, and the biodynamic approach of Austrian visionary Rudolf Steiner. Chadwick cultivated gardens of sublime beauty and production in the 60's and 70's throughout the United States. Nearly everyone practicing biodynamics today has been kissed by the Chadwick transmission, and this conveyance has been equally of practical and spiritual horticulture.

The Alan Chadwick Biodynamic Archive is currently housed in Asheville, North Carolina. We have 240 of Alan’s recorded talks, hours of video interviews, forcing house logs, photos and notes. We are right now amidst a concerted effort to complete this archive as fully as possible, in order to share on line his vision and wisdom at a time when we couldn’t need it more. We are hoping to get as many of his students and friends involved as possible. Please contact Craig Siska at, or Steve Crimi at for more information.

Our goal is to collect, remaster, edit and transcribe all of his talks, because there is nothing to compare to listening to Alan speak on gardening. We hope to have a website where you can listen to a talk, while viewing the transcription, with a complete cross-reference to every specific plant he discusses. And then to have the archive preserved professionally and open to the public.

We have a prototype example--if you go to the ‘Irrigation’ page, you can hear the lecture while reading the transcript. Bear in mind that things are not completely edited yet.

We have published a book of Alan’s talks, Performance in the Garden, available on the ‘Emporium’ page, along with a great 7-cd set of recorded talks. All the proceeds from the book and cd’s go to further the Chadwick Archive.

We also would like to give great thanks to everyone who has contributed to the archive with materials and or time. The future smiles back at you!

                   Published in 2013 by Logosophia!

A new book of transcribed lectures by Alan Chadwick

Reverence, Obedience and the Invisible in the Garden




“Horticulture is the greatest of all crafts, the art of the creation of God…the garden leads into the whole of the vision of Nature.”

“The garden is all secrets, the whole miracle of the garden is made up of secrets, and I’ve been granted the chance to expose a few others to this incredible ‘thing’ which, itself, is the teacher. It is, you see – though many people find the idea amusing – the garden that makes the gardener.”