Edible Landscaping

Author Rosalind Creasy creates gardens that celebrate the beauty of edible plants. They are colorful, organic and bountiful. The fruits, vegetables and herbs become gorgeous plates of healthy and delicious food for body and soul.

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Rosalind Creasy

Back in the 1970s, when Rosalind Creasy coined the term “edible landscaping,” home gardens looked a lot different than they do today. Flowers and vegetables were never allowed to mix. Everyone tended to plant the same varieties of plants (red salvia, oak leaf lettuce) and keep them in orderly beds and rows. Flowers were appropriate for around the house, but vegetables belonged in a plot of their own out back. Shrubs were restricted to foundation planting or defining the edge of the yard.

Rosalind saw things a bit differently. Sure a bed of zinnias and dahlias was pretty. But was it more beautiful than a bush weighed down under a haze of blueberries? An 8-foot border of asparagus fronds? A pergola enveloped in purple pea pods?

By teaching classes, giving tours, taking photographs and writing more than a dozen book titles, Rosalind gradually chipped away at people’s expectations about what a garden should look like. She helped us see that there was a whole world beyond Big Boy tomatoes, California Wonder peppers and Blue Lake bush beans. How could we ignore arugula, red romaine lettuce, fennel, striped eggplants, orange tomatoes and yellow raspberries?

The new edition of Edible Landscaping.

Rosalind practices what she preaches. The gardens that surround her home celebrate the beauty of edible plants. Her gardens are colorful, organic and bountiful. The fruits, vegetables and herbs become gorgeous plates of healthy and delicious food for body and soul.

The first edition of Edible Landscaping was hailed by the New York Times as the best garden book of 1982. Now, almost 30 years later, Rosalind has released a completely revised version of this classic book. Six years in the making, the new Edible Landscaping is a gorgeous, full-color guide to the way we garden today. If you want to get inspired for the coming gardening season, you won’t be disappointed. Thank you Ros!

Rosalind is a terrific speaker. Check out where she will be appearing this spring.

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