The Foodscape Revolution: Finding a Better Way to Make Space for Food and Beauty in Your Garden
This is one of those "especially for now" kinds of books. For you, for the whole family, for your community. Foodscaping visionary Brie Arthur looks at under-utilized garden spaces around homes or in the landscaped common spaces of planned communities - and she sees places where food can be grown...lots and lots of it. And not in isolated patches, but inter-planted with non-food ornamental plants for year-round beauty. This is a new way of looking at private and public spaces, where aesthetics and function operate together to benefit individuals and entire communities. In The Foodscape Revolution, Arthur presents her status-quo-shaking plan to reinvent the common landscape - in a way that even HOA's would approve. Call it food gardening "in plain sight," and having it all.
In this entertaining and informative book, you'll learn which edible and ornamental pairings work best to increase biodiversity, how to situate beds to best utilize natural water and light resources, and most importantly, how to begin an enriched gardening lifestyle that is beneficial, sustainable and empowering. With full-color photos, design plans, simple projects and bountiful tips, The Foodscape Revolution can be life-changing.
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About the Author
In 2016, Brie Arthur was recognized in Greenhouse Product News as one of the "40 under 40" industry pros who are helping to determine the future of the horticulture industry. She has a degree in Landscape Design and is a correspondent on the PBS television show Growing a Greener World, where she shares practical advice from her own one-acre suburban foodscape. As a professional garden industry communicator, Brie is committed to getting the message out that all things horticultural are the way of the future, speaking internationally on a variety of horticulture topics. She is on the Board of Directors of the Garden Writers Association (GWA) and resides in Fuquay Varina, North Carolina. www.briegrows.com
"The Foodscape Revolution is Arthur's call to hoes, so to speak. She encourages gardeners to grow edibles along with their flowers and other ornamental plants. Some homeowners may have resistance from archaic zoning laws or inflexible neighbors if they suddenly decide to grow a half-acre of corn in their front yards. Arthur doesn't advocate digging up an entire property. But there is so much unused space in most suburban yards that can be used to grow carrots, kale and tomatoes." Jill Sell
"About a decade ago, Brie Arthur won a Yard of the Year award for her home landscape. That's not unusual, since she's a professional horticulturist. What was surprising was the design. Apparently, her North Carolina homeowners association hadn't noticed various vegetables and herbs planted in plain sight, alongside ornamental shrubs and trees. "Isolating veggie gardens to the backyard is so yesterday!" Arthur said, during the Winter Symposium at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. By matching a plant's needs with available spaces, gardeners can maximize the potential of their land, as well as their harvests. Foodscaping is the creative integration of edibles among ornamentals in a traditional landscape. " Lynne Jackson Kirk, author of Foodscapes: Where Beauty Co-exists with Bounty
"The Foodscape Revolution will be very inspiring for folks who want a yard that sustains them -- both physically and spiritually -- while keeping their neighbors and/or homeowners associations happy!" Susan Mulvhill