A stylish, beautifully photographed guide to artfully incorporating organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs into an attractive modern garden design.
We’ve all seen the vegetable garden overflowing with corn, tomatoes, and zucchini that looks good for a short time, but then quickly turns straggly and unattractive (usually right before friends show up for a backyard barbecue). If you want to grow food but you don’t want your yard to look like a farm, what can you do? The Beautiful Edible Garden shares how to not only grow organic fruits and vegetables, but also make your garden a place of year-round beauty that is appealing, enjoyable, and fits your personal style. Written by a landscape design team that specializes in artfully blending edibles and ornamentals together, The Beautiful Edible Garden shows that it’s possible for gardeners of all levels to reap the best of both worlds. Featuring a fresh approach to garden design, glorious photographs, and ideas for a range of spaces—from large yards to tiny patios—this guide is perfect for anyone who wants a gorgeous and productive garden.
About the Author
LESLIE BENNETT and STEFANI BITTNER are co-founders of Star Apple Edible + Fine Gardening, a San Francisco Bay Area landscape design firm focusing on aesthetic edible gardening. At Star Apple, they bring together ecologically sound landscape design principles and small-scale urban agriculture, working with both ornamental and edible plants to create integrated landscapes. Visit www.StarAppleEdibleGardens.com.
“A fresh, modern approach to edible landscaping, Stefani and Leslie’s creative ideas and beautiful designs are inspiration for novice and master gardeners alike.” —Rosalind Creasy, author of Edible Landscaping
“This thoughtful, refreshing design guide deserves a spot on every gardener’s bookshelf! Filled with real-life examples, the book definitively shows that growing food and creating beautiful, livable outdoor spaces are not mutually exclusive. Reading The Beautiful Edible Garden is akin to working alongside Leslie and Stefani in your garden—their practical, friendly advice provides an easy-to-follow framework for transforming average yards into functional, productive, and above all, lovely gardens.” —Willi Galloway, author of Grow Cook Eat: A Food Lover’s Guide to Vegetable Gardening
"Feast your eyes and feed your family with a garden that's pretty and productive." —Saturday Evening Post
"Leslie Bennett's and Stefani Bittner's new book is a resource for planning a garden that nourishes the body while creating a space that can be enjoyed by all." —Taste for Life magazine
"Will appeal to anyone looking to grow food without making it look like they do. Homeowners will be drawn to the small-scale projects throughout this lovely book." —San Francisco Chronicle
"Offer[s] guided steps and insights for putting together an edible garden that sings with beauty....Take it in hand, grab a shovel or spade, and get into the dirt, which, if directions are followed, is destined to become your canvas, your masterpiece, and your dinner." —Publisher's Weekly