Friday, July 4, 2008

Edible Landscaping

A growing trend in vegetable gardening is planting landscape around buildings and public places with edible fruits, vegetables and herbs. In 2009, Wilmington College Department of Agriculture Chair Monte Anderson arranged the planting of a variety of edible plants around the campus' library.

People seldom see the flowers and plants that bear the fruits and vegetables that they buy in the supermarket, and often have trouble identifying a food's plant source. Food can be beautiful too, and green-space can be most productive when we are sustained by it.

Planted this year were tomatoes, eggplant, strawberries, peppers, chard, mustard, cilantro, dill and a handful of other herbs. The plants were open to the public for picking or harvesting, and all that was required in return was to log each item taken in a notebook inside the library.

In 2010 we are looking to expand the edible landscaping to include other plants and placed at other buildings around campus.

For more information about edible landscaping, please contact:

Jennifer Kerschner
Community Garden & Edible Landscape Coordinator
Wilmington College AmeriCorps* VISTA
Grow Food, Grow Hope Garden Initiative
(937) 382-6661 ext. 488

To see all blog posts about edible landscaping, click here.

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