Edibles! The garden world has been ignited by the surge in interest in edible gardening- people are fired up to take control of the food they eat, by growing it. Garden centers are expanding their selections of seeds and starts of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and berries – and gardeners are snapping them up. This is exciting! Edible gardening is the gateway drug to further play with plants – but there is often a very evident divide between edible gardeners and those who look at gardens through ornamental-colored glasses. Plants that give us food in return for the resources and time we give them are inherently beautiful, but there is no question that they also pose a design challenge. This issue can be a thorny one – do we let these be straightforward spaces for hardcore food cultivation or do we turn them into intricate potagers, or is there something in between? Can an edible landscape be the gardening trifecta – a functional space that is also gorgeous and easy to maintain? These are timely questions, if only there was a forum, something like a group of bloggers focused on garden design that would grapple with issues… oh, WAIT! There is, and here we are. Follow the links to see how this month’s line up of the Garden Designers Roundtable tackle the edible side of gardening – it’s certain to be YUMMY!
– Ivette Soler, Author of the bouncing new baby book “The Edible Front Yard – The Mow-less, Grow-more Plan for a Beautiful, Bountiful Garden”