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ISBN13: 9781578051540
ISBN10: 1578051541
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Originally published in 1982 as The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping, Rosalind Creasy's revolutionary book went on to win several awards before its out-of-print status transformed it into a highly sought-after collectible. With five chapters devoted to design, an up-to-date source and resource directory, and an "Encyclopedia of Edibles" that could easily constitute a book in itself, this thoroughly researched and lavishly illustrated new edition will inspire a new generation of gardeners to think outside the raised bed and incorporate edibles into every aspect of the landscape.
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Since Rosalind Creasy popularized the concept of landscaping with edibles a quarter-century ago, interest in eating healthy, fresh, locally grown foods has swept across the nation. More and more Americans are looking to grow clean, delicious produce at home, saving money and natural resources at the same time. And food plants have been freed from the backyard, gracing the finest landscapes—even the White House grounds!

Creasys expertise on edibles and how to incorporate them in beautifully designed outdoor environments was first showcased in the original edition of Edible Landscaping (Sierra Club Books, 1982), hailed by gardeners everywhere as a groundbreaking classic. Now this highly anticipated new edition presents the latest design and how-to information in a glorious full-color format, featuring more than 300 inspiring photographs.

Drawing on the authors decades of research and experience, the book presents everything you need to know to create an inviting home landscape that will yield mouthwatering vegetables, fruits, nuts, and berries. The comprehensive Encyclopedia of Edibles—a book in itself—provides horticultural information, culinary uses, sources, and recommended varieties; and appendices cover the basics of planting and maintenance, and of controlling pests and diseases using organic and environmentally friendly practices.

Book News Annotation:

Gardeners interested in landscaping with edibles will enjoy this beautiful update to the popular guide originally published in 1982. Rows of impossibly perfect grey green cabbages line brick paths, nasturtiums trail from window boxes, and heads of dayglow-green butter lettuce mingle with bright pink tulips in the high quality photographs found on nearly every page. Creasy, a landscape designer and the author of 18 books, is primarily concerned with design, however appendices supply basic gardening information as well as lists of resources. Landscape designs emphasizing fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs, and berries are discussed and a large chunk of the book is devoted to an encyclopedia of edibles providing growing information, plant specifications, sources, and suggestions for use, for over 100 different plants. This is an excellent resource for gardeners of all levels. Distributed by Counterpoint Press. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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JaneBePe, November 13, 2014 (view all comments by JaneBePe)
What a magnificent book! I bought the original more than 20 years ago and kept it until this update was released. The original was ground-breaking. She sorted many many edible plants by not only USDA planting zones and sun and water needs, but also rated them according to how much work it was to grow and get anything edible out of them. Very helpful for gardeners who don't have a lot of time.

For example, many herbs are listed as easy to grow because they were basically weeds where they were originally growing and harvest often requires little more than picking leaves, and perhaps, allowing them to dry. However, olive trees are listed as more difficult, not because the trees are difficult to grow, but because if you want olives, they have to be brined to be edible and if you want olive oil, it will require the equipment (and time and effort) to press it. I have never seen plants rated in such an informative, easy to understand way in any other book.

This latest edition is a great example of the book arts. It is full of full-color pictures of plants on every page, which makes it fun to read even if you don't grow any of the plants. The previous edition was a lovely book but was full of black and white illustrations rather than full color photos.

My only reservation is that she gardens in southern California and many of her selections reflect that. I suggest you read the USDA zone listing for a plant before reading anything else about it (so you don't fall in love with a plant that doesn't grow in your area, like I did).

Also, (this is true of many gardening books) she will list a variety of a plant that she loves because it grows so well for her but you may not be able to find that variety where you are or on the web. I fell in love with her description of a specific variety of apricot tree that she describes as easy and almost fool-proof. I could never locate anyone who sold it here or on the web (or had even heard of it) and was told repeatedly that this area is a disaster for apricots in general. Many hours of searching later, I finally gave up.

This is, nonetheless, a wonderful book. An information dense reference book that is lovely enough to use as a coffee table book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781578051540
Author:
Creasy, Rosalind
Publisher:
Sierra Club Books
Subject:
Garden Design
Subject:
Landscape
Subject:
Vegetables
Subject:
Fruit
Subject:
Gardening-Landscape and Design
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Second Edition
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
325 color photos, Color illustrations, 3
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
10.75 x 8.25 in

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Originally published in 1982 as The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping, Rosalind Creasy's revolutionary book went on to win several awards before its out-of-print status transformed it into a highly sought-after collectible. With five chapters devoted to design, an up-to-date source and resource directory, and an "Encyclopedia of Edibles" that could easily constitute a book in itself, this thoroughly researched and lavishly illustrated new edition will inspire a new generation of gardeners to think outside the raised bed and incorporate edibles into every aspect of the landscape.

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