The Beautiful Edible Garden
Design A Stylish Outdoor Space Using Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs
Publication Date: February 26, 2013
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From the founders of landscape design firm Star Apple Edible & Fine Gardening in the San Francisco Bay Area comes a stylish, beautifully-photographed guide to artfully incorporating organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs into an attractive modern garden design.
We’ve all seen the vegetable garden overflowing with corn, tomatoes, and zucchini that looks good for a short time, but then quickly turns straggly and unattractive (usually right before friends show up for a backyard barbecue). If you want to grow food but you don’t want your yard to look like a farm, what can you do? The Beautiful Edible Garden shares how to not only grow organic fruits and vegetables, but also make your garden a place of year-round beauty that is appealing, enjoyable, and fits your personal style. Written by a landscape design team that specializes in artfully blending edibles and ornamentals together, The Beautiful Edible Garden shows that it’s possible for gardeners of all levels to reap the best of both worlds. Featuring a fresh approach to garden design, glorious photographs, and ideas for a range of spaces—from large yards to tiny patios—this guide is perfect for anyone who wants a gorgeous and productive garden.
LESLIE BENNETT and STEFANI BITTNER are co-founders of Star Apple Edible + Fine Gardening, a San Francisco Bay Area landscape design firm focusing on aesthetic edible gardening. At Star Apple, they bring together ecologically sound landscape design principles and small-scale urban agriculture, working with both ornamental and edible plants to create integrated landscapes. Visit www.StarAppleEdibleGardens.com.
“A fresh, modern approach to edible landscaping, Stefani and Leslie’s creative ideas and beautiful designs are inspiration for novice and master gardeners alike.”
—Rosalind Creasy, author of Edible Landscaping
“This thoughtful, refreshing design guide deserves a spot on every gardener’s bookshelf! Filled with real-life examples, the book definitively shows that growing food and creating beautiful, livable outdoor spaces are not mutually exclusive. Reading The Beautiful Edible Garden is akin to working alongside Leslie and Stefani in your garden—their practical, friendly advice provides an easy-to-follow framework for transforming average yards into functional, productive, and above all, lovely gardens.”
—Willi Galloway, author of Grow Cook Eat: A Food Lover’s Guide to Vegetable Gardening