ROS’ RECOMMENDATIONS AND LINKS
HELPFUL GARDENING LINKS
For information on Australian gardening, techniques and edible plants.
National Gardening Association
Basic seedstarting, how to put in a vegetable garden, information on edibles, and gardening with children
Live to Garden: Gardening and Landscaping Ideas
For more landscape design ideas.
Seed Saving Resources
Seed Savers Exchange
Seed Savers is a terrific resource for learning how to save and store seeds. Follow the above link for directions and a drop down menu that lets you specify a wide variety of plants.
SOURCES FOR PLANTS & SEEDS FOR YOUR EDIBLE LANDSCAPE
Adams County Nursery
Fruit trees and orchard supplies
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Heirloom vegetable, flower, herb seeds from 50 countries
Bay Laurel Nursery
Fruit trees for the Southwest and California
Open-pollinated vegetables, herbs, flowers, grains, green manures, biointensive products
Burnt Ridge Nursery & Orchards
Standard fruits, raspberries, nut trees, mulberries, pawpaws, persimmons
Vegetable, herb, flower seeds; some plants in spring
C & O Nursery
Great source for many types of fruit trees
Vegetable, herb, and flower seeds; some organic and heirlooms
Cox Berry Farm and Nursery
Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries
Cross Country Nurseries
Great selection of chile and sweet pepper, eggplant, and tomato plants in spring
Huge selection of apple, pear, cherry, and plum trees
Ed Hume Seeds
Vegetable seeds for short, cool climates
Large selection of fruits, berries, vines, nuts, and herbs for Edible Landscaping
Four Winds Growers
Wholesale dwarf citrus trees; much information on growing citrus on their website
Gourmet Seed International
Herb and vegetable seeds, many Italian specialties; gardening supplies
Gurney’s Seed & Nursery
Vegetable seeds and plants; flower seeds; berries; fruit and nut trees
Large selection of vegetable, flower, and herb seeds
Hartmann’s Plant Company
Many berries and small fruits, especially blueberries; wholesale and retail
Henry Field’s Seed & Nursery
Vegetable seeds and plants, fruit and nut trees, garden supplies
Hidden Springs Nursery
Organically grown, bare-root fruit trees and berries
Indiana Berry & Plant Company
Asparagus, rhubarb, horseradish; many small fruits
Ison’s Nursery & Vineyards
Fruit and nut trees; blueberries, brambleberries, grapes
Jersey Asparagus Farms, Inc.
Asparagus, raspberry, blueberry, strawberry plants
J.L. Hudson, Seedsman
Seed bank helping to preserve botanical diversity; many heirlooms and natives
John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds
Vegetable, flower, herb seeds
Johnny’s Selected Seeds
Vegetable varieties—especially for the North—herb, flowers, cover crops
Antique and disease-resistant fruit trees, small fruits, orchard supplies
Kitazawa Seed Company
Vast selection of Asian vegetables, herbs
Fruit and nut trees
Southwestern Native American and Mexican vegetable seeds; some for desert conditions
Nichols Garden Nursery
Wide selection of vegetable and herb seeds; herb plants, garlic, hops. Also has a cooking blog available.
Asparagus, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, other small fruits
One Green World
Unusual fruits, berries, nuts—some from Eastern Europe; rootstock
Vegetable, herb, legume, flower, forage seeds
Park Seed Company
Vegetable, herb, flower seeds; some fruits; some plants in spring
Pinetree Garden Seeds
Flower, herb, unusual and cool-season vegetable seeds
Fruits, nuts, berries, unusual edibles
Redwood City Seed Company
Heirloom and unusual vegetable, chilies, herb seeds
Flower, herb, vegetable seeds; on line and in retail stores; information packed website
Rhora’s Nut Farm & Nursery
Nut trees, unusual fruit trees, and shrubs
Huge selection of herb seeds and plants
Rolling River Nursery
Container-grown fruit trees, shrubs, and vines—sustainably grown
St. Lawrence Nurseries
Fruit and nut trees for northern climates
Salt Spring Seeds
Vegetable, grain, herb seeds for cool summer areas
Seed Savers Exchange
Heirloom vegetable and flower seeds; some plants in spring
Seeds of Change
Organically grown vegetable and herb seeds; apple trees, strawberry plants, garlic
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Open-pollinated, heirloom, herb and vegetable seeds, especially for the Southeast
Southmeadow Fruit Gardens
Huge selection of heirloom and European apples, rare heirloom fruits, hardy native fruits
Large selection of vegetable, herb, flower seeds
Territorial Seed Company
Organically grown vegetables, herb, cover crops, grains; some plants in spring
The Tasteful Garden
Online source of pepper, tomato, vegetable, and herb plants in spring; garden supplies
The Thyme Garden Herb Company
Organically grown herb plants and seeds; hop rhizomes
Tomato Growers Supply Company
Extensive selection of tomato, pepper, tomatillo, and eggplant seeds
Trees of Antiquity, LLC
Heirloom fruits, berries
Organic vegetable and flower seeds, especially for short seasons
Well-Sweep Herb Farm
Herb plants and seeds
Willhite Seed Company
Vegetable seeds, especially for warm-season areas
Willis Orchard Company
Fruit and nut trees, berries, grapes
SUPPLIERS FOR NON-PLANT MATERIALS
Organic pest control, fertilizers
Gardener’s Supply Company
Garden tools and products, pest controls
Harmony Farm Supply and Nursery
Organic gardening supplies, beneficial insects
Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply
Bare-root berries, fruits; irrigation supplies, organic fertilizers and pesticides, soil testing
FOR MORE INFORMATION
These organizations specialize in growing edible plants. For specifics on your own climate and local growing how-to, check out your local Cooperative Extension Service.
California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc. (CRFG)
Devoted to experimenting with and spreading information about unusual fruits. Bi-monthly publications and website provide valuable growing information.
Culinary Vegetable Institute (CVI)
Learning center for chefs and growers committed to sustainable agriculture.
Herb Society of America
Devoted to promoting the culture of herbs.
Home Orchard Society
Promotes the growing of both modern and heirloom varieties of fruit through a demonstration orchard, newsletter, and give classes on growing fruits.
Kitchen Gardeners International
Provides a forum for kitchen gardeners worldwide to meet and further their skills and knowledge in these areas. Information packed online newsletter.
North American Fruit Explorers (NAFAX)
Members exchange ideas about fruit growing in a quest for superior varieties. Quarterly newsletter and a mail-order library are available to members.
Northern Nut Growers Association, Inc.
Excellent source of information on nut growing. Members have access to online library and quarterly newsletter.
Promotes sustainable living skills through education, networking, and demonstration projects.
Plant a Row For the Hungry
Many people in this country go to bed hungry. This national program provides free seeds and local connections to soup kitchens and food distribution organizations so gardeners can easily donate their extra vegetables and fruits.
Plants For a Future
Online database of “edible, medicinal, and useful plants for a healthier world.” Includes both U.S. and U.K. databases.
Seed Savers Exchange
Non-profit organization dedicated to saving vegetable gene pool diversity. Members can join an extensive network of gardeners saving and exchanging seeds. Free catalog for purchasing seeds.
Slow Food USA
Non-profit international organization founded to counteract fast food and disappearing local food traditions, and to support seasonal and locally produced foods.
EDIBLE LANDSCAPES TO VISIT
There are so many places to get ideas and inspiration. Here are some good starting points, covering all regions of the country.
Ozarks pioneer town complete with 6,000 sq. ft. heirloom seed store. Monthly heirloom garden festivals with nationally acclaimed speakers, demonstrations, tastings, and music.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brooklyn, New York
Visit the children’s garden, formal herb garden, home composting exhibit and more.
Pine Mountain, Georgia
Their 7.5-acre Ida Cason Callaway demonstration vegetable and fruit garden provides many ideas for the home garden; many workshops cover varied garden subjects.
Visit the vegetable garden, potager, orchard, and serpentine. Open April through October.
Cheyenne Botanic Garden
Volunteer based, solar-heated and powered botanic garden and municipal nursery “Where sustainability…has been a working philosophy since 1977.”
Chicago Botanic Garden
Visit the edible landscape at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden. In summer attend Garden Chef cooking classes on Saturdays and Sundays.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Coral Gables, Florida
Near Miami, it is the place to see tropical edibles. Special events include a rare-fruit weekend and mango celebration.
Visit the rare sub-tropical fruit grove that includes papayas, guavas and rare citrus.
Located near Kansas City. The Heartland Harvest Garden features edible landscapes, classes on growing, and cooking demonstrations in the garden.
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Near Philadelphia. See edibles in the Idea Garden and Example Garden. Kids will enjoy and learn at the Bee-amazed Garden.
Round Top, Texas
A series of stunning herb gardens designed around different themes.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Near Minneapolis. Garden includes six different herb gardens and home demonstration gardens.
Missouri Botanic Garden
St. Louis, Missouri
23 demonstration gardens filled with ideas for home gardeners; Master Gardeners available to answer questions. Classes held year round; special events.
Thomas Jefferson’s historic gardens, including the 1000-foot-long garden terrace, home to 330 vegetable varieties, and two orchards in which he grew 170 fruit varieties.
Montréal Botanical Garden
Montréal, Québec, Canada
Both the First-Nations Garden and the Economic Plant Gardens are must-sees at this 185-acre garden.
Old Sturbridge Village
Large outdoor history museum and gardens include vegetables and fruit displays typical of a rural New England town of the 1830s. Harvest festival held in the fall with heirloom vegetables on display.
Old Westbury Gardens
Old Westbury, New York
Long Island estate garden with exemplary children’s garden and herb gardens.
Seed Savers Exchange
Dedicated to preserving heirloom varieties of vegetables and fruits. From April through December, visit the organic Heritage Farm: view displays of endangered vegetables, apples, grapes, and an ancient breed of cattle; and purchase heirloom seeds.
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Pocantico Hills, New York
Carved out of the Rockefeller Estate, this culinary center features Blue Hills restaurant and an herb and vegetable garden designed by Barbara Damrosch. Tours and classes, held year round.
New York, New York
Check out their blog “The Medieval Garden Enclosed” to learn what is happening in the magnificent medieval-style cloistered gardens blog.metmuseum.org/cloistersgardens
United States National Arboretum
Washington, D. C.
At the heart of The National Herb Garden are ten theme gardens, including Asian, culinary, Native American, and beverage gardens.