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

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