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  • Rosalind Creasy – Edible Landscaping

    Gardening can be easy, healthy, inexpensive, and best of all, in can be done just about anywhere. As far back as 1970, Rosalind Creasy was a pioneer in the field of Edible Landscaping.Her work has since revolutionized the way that many of us think about gardening. Cooking from the garden, eating organic, and eating fresh are all possible and not as hard as you might think.

    In this website, you can see some of Rosalind's best tips on making the most of your home garden, along with various recipes and advice. 

    Rosalind's new book, Edible Landscaping, was published in November of 2010 and is now in its third printing.

The New York Botanical Garden Seed Savers Garden

The last weekend in June I was at The New York Botanical Garden’s opening of The Edible Garden, their summer long exhibition.  Saturday morning I gave a lecture on heirloom vegetables and antique flowers and how to incorporate them into your edible landscape.  Then, I was in the Seed Savers Garden for the rest of the day, answering questions and teaching people how to save their own seeds.   The New York Botanical Garden will offer many more events featuring edible plants throughout the summer, such as their Edible Evenings: A Celebration of Wine, Beer, and Food featuring well-known chefs, demonstrations, and food and wine samplings.    You also may want to check the progress of my Seed Savers Garden and attend some of the other edible landscaping presentations like the Home Gardening Center Demonstrations on Saturdays and Sundays.  If you are particularly interested in seed saving make sure you visit the Seed Savers’ website and if you want to get started right away, the gift shop at The New York Botanical Garden has a large selection of Seed Saver seeds.

The following photos show the initial planting of the garden I designed in March and how it looked on opening day.  I will update you with photos of the same garden as it grows throughout the season.

Signing books on Saturday afternoon - &copy TalismanPHOTO, The New York Botanical Garden

Signing books on Saturday afternoon - © TalismanPHOTO, The NYBG

Laying out the chives - &copy Ivo M. Vermuelen, The New York Botanical Garden

Laying out the chives in a geometric pattern to add some edible landscaping style - © Ivo M. Vermeulen, The NYBG

View of the raised beds - &copy Ivo M. Vermeulen, The New York Botanical Garden

Three raised beds with curly kale, young basil, Bull's Blood beets, new teepees for cucumbers and tomatoes - © Ivo M. Vermeulen, The NYBG

Basil Beds - &copy Ivo M. Vermeulen, The New York Botanical Garden

The raised beds on the opposite side include the chive diamonds, triangles of basil, Bull's Blood beets, and tomatoes - © Ivo M. Vermeulen, The NYBG

Copyright Ivo M. Vermeulen, The New York Botanical Garden

Sign describing the Seed Savers Garden - © Ivo M. Vermeulen, The NYBG

March 14, 2010 - 9:06 am

joy - Hi,
I live in South Texas and would love information to grow figs and lemons in container in my front yard. where can I get specific information about the size of the planter and best time to plant?

Powell Gardens Edible Landscape Project

This past April my assistant Gudi Riter and I flew to Kansas City, MO to the Heartland Garden at Powell Gardens to oversee the planting of my edible landscape garden. From this angle you can see the early plantings of cherry tomatoes. 20 different varieties were arranged by color to introduce viewers to the amazing spectrum that is available for tomatoes (white to gold, orange, red, and black). The plants were to wind through a walk-through tunnel, providing an immersive experience for the garden visitors and a little welcome shade during the hot summer.

Five separate planting beds for edibles were arranged into a half circle. This first bed contained 20 different varieties of culinary herbs.


I returned to the Powell Gardens in early June for the grand opening. Despite the unseasonably cold and wet weather lately, the tomatoes were starting to climb as planned, and promise to make a beautiful exhibit this summer! It should see its full glory in August.



A number of visitors walked through the garden. I gave a tour to some of the first to come through.


June 23, 2009 - 9:20 pm

Chiot's Run - I love it, such a lovely thing to be able to see! I’m always excited when I see edible gardens around.

October 24, 2009 - 12:13 am

Cheryl Beesley - Hello,

I am currently writing a book on landscaping with edible plants for Central Texas. The concept is to expand the use of edible plants in to the urban landscape, not only the vegetable garden or the orchard. I am very interested in using your edible garden as an example in my book.

Thank you for any help you are able to give me with this,
Cheryl Beesley

Come see me at The New York Botanical Garden June 27th & 28th

On both days, Saturday and Sunday, I’ll be giving a lecture at 11AM on Heirloom Vegetables and Flowers.  Following the lecture, I will be at the Seed Saver’s Vegetable Garden in the Home Gardening Center from 12:30 – 1:30PM. I would love to meet you, show you around, and answer any questions you may have about saving seeds.  After that, I’ll be signing books in the Perennial Garden with author Amy Goldman. If you aren’t already familiar with her work, you can check out her fabulous books and recipes HERE.

Here’s a break down of my schedule:

Saturday, June 27th and Sunday, June 28th:

11AM – Lecture Hall Presentation “Heirloom Vegetables and Flowers”

12:30-1:30 – Q&A in the Home Gardening Center

1:30 – 2:30 – Booksigning in the Perennial Garden with Amy Goldman

**And, as a special discount for my readers, follow this LINK for 50% off of a second adult ticket. Enter EGDIG09 when asked for the promotional code.**