The Edible Landscape: Creating a Beautiful and Bountiful Garden with Vegetables, Fruits and Flowers

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As the fresh food revolution sweeps the nation, more and more people are seeking out delicious offerings from local growers. We have had our fill of tasteless, woody tomatoes from the far reaches of the globe and have begun tasting again—thanks to farmers’ markets and co-ops—the real flavors we remember from childhood. Inspired by these events, people have started growing food in the most unlikely places, including rooftops, abandoned parking lots, and tiny balconies and backyards on average city streets. Individuals and families are taking up the trowel and discovering that gardening can be fun, fulfilling, and, ultimately, delicious. Far from sacrificing their ornamental flowers, creative gardeners can discover the joy of growing food in beautiful, thoughtful gardens overflowing with both color and flavor. Creating an attractive and productive garden in your small space might seem impossible, but throughout this book, you’ll see examples of some wonderful things that can be done, from interesting plant combinations to unique structures and planting beds. If you can banish the thought that vegetables and fruits must be grown in rows and open up to the idea that a tomato plant can be a striking addition to your landscape plan, The Edible Landscape will help you explore some ideas for transforming your yard into a feast for both the eyes and the table.

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Most of the photos in the book were taken at local gardens around the Twin Cities area. I owe huge thanks to the individuals and organizations who graciously welcomed me and my fabulous photographer into their gardens. Many agreed to plant specific varieties so we would be able to get the shots we needed. They gave us access at ridiculously early hours so we could catch just the right light. And, they welcomed us back week after week in order to get the perfect coloring on a plum, capture the zinnias in full bloom, and of course snap photos of lots of chard!  
Enormous thanks go out to The University of Minnesota Department of Horticultural Science and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, Jane and Jim Gilbert, Maureen Hark of Blue House Garlic, Charlene McEvoy and Doug Olson, Laura McGuire of McGuire's Urban Farm, Theresa Rooney, Dawn Spraungel, and Julie Weisenhorn. This book couldn't have happened without your generosity and spectacular gardens.  
Of course the beautiful photos wouldn't have happened without Paul Markert, photographer extraordinaire. His vision, patience and flexibility contributed not only to a beautiful book, but also made the process really fun for me.  
All the talented people I've worked with at Voyageur Press have been very supportive, flexible and accommodating to my many whims, visions and persnickety-ness. And they put together one heck of a gorgeous book that I am really, really proud of.  
Finally, I owe endless thanks to my family, friends and colleagues who supported this project, reviewed various chapters, confirmed my statements, caught mistakes, and pointed out just how many times I use certain words over and over. I sound like a much smarter person thanks to all of you.

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Inspired by the fresh-food revolution, more and more people are growing fruits and vegetables in just about every outdoor nook and cranny, from abandoned city lots and tiny balconies to backyards and suburban boulevards. The good news is that in addition to providing a delicious and nutritious bounty—not to mention a fun and fulfilling pastime—fruit and vegetable gardening is also an opportunity to create interesting outdoor spaces overflowing with color as well as flavor. Throughout The Edible Landscape, author Emily Tepe provides examples of how to press your gardens into double duty, from planning striking color and texture combinations to actually getting down to the business of planting, pruning, watering, repelling pests, and harvesting. Dozens of color photos are accompanied by a selection of specially created garden plans and a handy section identifying favorite plants for the edible landscape.So banish the thought that fruits and vegetables must be grown in rigid rows and instead open up to the idea that your yard can be a feast for the stomach and the eyes. About the Author As a fruit researcher and a former exhibit designer and muralist, Emily Tepe looks at the world with both a practical and creative eye. Her appreciation for plants, design, good food, and the outdoors inspired her to bring these all together in The Edible Landscape. In 2009, she established an edible landscape demonstration garden at the University of Minnesota, which now gives students the opportunity to try their hand at this style of garden design. In addition, Emily writes about fresh garden ideas and fresh food on her blog, www.artichokesandzinnias.com

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