Update to Edible Landscaping – Win a Copy!


Ros's publisher says sure, they'll send a copy to one of our readers.  So comment here or on the original post this morning to win.  Tell us why you need the book.


  1. Woohoo!

    I need this book because my husband and I are starting to get serious about our landscaping next year. (This year was lots of weeding and getting things back to a blank pallete.) We’ve discussed getting fruit trees, but we’re badly in need of a guide to refer to for an overall plan. We’re also hardcore DIY-ers so a book would do us a lot more good than a referral to a professional landscaping service.

  2. I need this book because I live in the suburbs, and we have to landscape. It would be so great to have an edible landscape to make use of all of the work and water that we have to do/use anyway.

  3. I would like to transform my sunny front yard into a garden of edibles, but I want it to look nice, too. I am color and design challenged, though, and need all the help I can get. Also, pretty pictures!

  4. I live in Alaska and would like to make our perennial garden more productive, and do it beautifully. I have an old armillary and stand that needs a setting. I know “Edible Landscaping” would be just the guide to help me make the right decisions.

  5. I’m finally finishing a home renovation and the next thing on the list is to whip the yard into shape. I’m planning on putting in an edible landscape and need all the help I can get!

  6. Oh ! I have my own ideas for edible landscaping of my own yard & my friend’s, but would love to see how an expert does it, especially with all of the added info. Who knows ? Maybe it will give me the knowledge & courage to cut the chains that keep me bound to my office job & strike out in my preferred field !

  7. I’d like this book because we’d like to take out even more of the grass that we have, but don’t really utilize annuals anywhere in our landscape design. I wouldn’t mind using veggies for this purpose.

    Also, we’ve put in 6 raised beds full of veggies, and I wouldn’t mind having more room.

  8. I’m intermingling edibles now but NOTHING like what I see her doing! Got a chance to briefly scope out the one copy our local B&N had (Okay, I accosted the person in line ahead of me who got there and snagged it first)(fortunately they didn’t think it was weird – that’s what I like about gardeners). This book is seriously gorgeous! Please, pretty please!!?!?!

  9. I’ve always been a big proponent of edible gardening, and this book would be perfect for convincing people that they don’t have to sacrifice on aesthetics. The photo on the top left of the cover is such a beautiful space. If they see the great photos of some of the nicer choices in edible plants, they’ll be dragging me to the nursery to find them!

  10. I need this book because I have just recently purchased my first house, and there is almost no landscaping out front – a blank slate! Also, I love the idea of combining the practical and aesthetic 🙂

  11. I love to garden. I love to cook. I love to eat. Creating an edible landscape is the perfect merger of my three loves… and a book that points the way is a must for my winter chairside table.

  12. I need this book because my next door neighbors are beginning to cast looks over my garden fence that are decidedly negative. Let’s face it—-I need help!

  13. I need this book because I’m in the lucky position of influencing people hungry for the information contained in it, that don’t know where to start. I work for an urban garden center, and have a few years of vegetable and ornamental gardening under my belt, but I’d love some fresh ideas. I love Rosalind’s approach and tone, and I think she makes ideas and information approachable.
    You should give me this book, so I can share it with lots of other gardeners and gardeners to be.

  14. Well I am not so sure about this idea of lots of fancy design in my vegetable garden out by the road. It sounds like more work trying to arrange things all neat and pretty. There is a line that is not crossed. The vegetables stay on one side and the wild flower abandon stays on the other. Nature does a fine job creating a traffic stopping flower display with the ingredients we toss in and the vegetables in nice neat rows make me feel useful here in the wilderness.

    No too much fancy design would just wreck the ambiance.

  15. I need this book because I live in Wisconsin with cold and snowy winters, so need some serious motivation and inspiration when it comes to designing an edible landscape that looks good when it isn’t April – Oct!

    Ms Creasy has some seriously inspiring photos and writings! Thank you for writing an article about her book.

  16. While I have always tried to eat healthy, I have recently received some health news which is going to require me to ingest a ton of veggies. There is only so much the dr.s can do and I need to take it upon myself to bombard my body with veggies. If I don’t figure out a way to attractively integrate homegrown veggies into my landscape, I am scared I will end up in the poor house from my grocery (or farmers market) bills:).

  17. My neighbors need me to have this book. I already have a front yard vegetable garden, but it isn’t very pretty.

  18. I have taken great pride in being an “whoreticulterist”, resisting the hipster homestead movement and willing to argue, without provocation, the merits of pretty leaves. I didn’t even need flowers. But someone bought me an Aunt somebody’s german green tomato and then I fell in love with bitter greens and right here, discovered “Seeds of Italy.” Creasy convinces me that I can have both.

  19. I have a funky little house with a funky front yard, and lots of microclimates! I would love to get some new ideas on how to utilize these areas better, and this book looks like it will do that

  20. I need this book because I’m taking out the rest of the front grass, and need inspiration!! (and because they’re forecasting snow in Seattle, which means it’s time to hibernate and dream of spring!!)

  21. My new condo community dictates gardening only in two beds hugging each building. Want to set THE standard and approval to grow edible! Otherwise… shrub – shrub – shrub will be in front of 80 units!

  22. Over the past 10 years the spot we chose for our vegetable garden has been shaded out by our neighbors’ horse chestnut tree, which I swear is 70′ tall now. That ratty old tree not only looks hideous with its dead and diseased limbs, it throws down big, useless nuts that litter the road. Mostly, though, it deprives my veggies of the light they need to thrive.

    Sooo, my veggies are moving to a sunnier location. Where is that? Right in front of my house and patio/pond area, of course. The most-used and perused portion of my scant half-acre. Now, not only do I need to think about growing conditions, space planning, height requirements – it must be pretty! Interesting! Colorful! Just like me (snerk). Ros’s book will be a great resource, along with a myriad of pretty-veggie-garden pics I took this summer, for me to use when planning this new space.

  23. I don’t have a garden or yard but my brother does and I can garden there but I would like it to beautiful. Ros’s book will help in these matters.

  24. Here I wanted the book so bad and I’m about 12 hours too late. You snooze, you lose.

    Looking forward to getting this for Christmas or from the library. It should fit in well with my organic gardening certificate program at the local community college.

  25. I need this book because I am baffled by the following” “she redesigned that spot 50 times since ’84. . .” and I would like some clarification. Has this gardener grown anything for long enough to really know its growth habits? Is she just a landscaper who plunks fully-grown plants in the ground for beautiful but temporary effect? Can her designs withstand and improve with the passage of time?

  26. When we first bought this house I grew a vegetable garden and wanted to plant fruit trees. Then I began working in a greenhouse/nursery and exchanged the vegetable garden for a water garden and ornamentals. The latest trend in landscaping seems to lean toward edible gardens. So now, not because of the trend but because I see a need, I want to incorporate edibles into my somewhat mature landscape. I think this book would help me be successful in achieving this.

  27. I’d greatly appreciate a copy of this book because 1) I have had it on hold at the library since the first post on Garden Rant and am crazy-desirous to see it–but it’s still in the process of being acquired by the library! 2) I would LOVE to feature a review of it in my soon-to-be-launched Greenwoman Magazine (coming out in spring 2011) and, 3) I have been obsessed with the idea, all year long, of re-doing all of my perennial/herb beds and incorporating more edibles.

  28. This is my second fall as an enthusiastic novice gardener. My first spring I had one raised veggie bed in the back yard. Since then, I’ve planted fruit trees and blueberry bushes in the front and back. I’ve expanded to 5 backyard veggie beds with 2 more in mind for next season and my most recent effort will be to create an edible & ornamental landscape in my front yard. Maintaining a grass lawn couldn’t be more unappealing to me now and I can’t seem to stay away from the seed catalogues I’ve been ordering. I’m a web and graphic designer, and though I consider my world with an artistic eye – I could use some guidance and detailed know how to create a living sculpture of landscape design for my home. I’d love a copy of the book please!!

  29. I don’t need no danged book on edible landscaping. There’s plants all around the house so I’ll just munch on what I got. Let’s see, how ‘bout some juniper? Um, no, not tasty at all. Guess it’s the berries people eat and not the branches. I want to get rid of the stupid foundation plantings that the former owners left so I’ll just eat these , let’s see . . . Ilex vomitoria, maybe not a good idea. Well, Camellias must be edible. Should taste like tea. Hmmm . . . . nope, that taste was more dead bug on toast. Gotta find me some willow bark to kill this toothache. OK, maybe an informational book’s not such a bad idea.

  30. A Garden of Eden…is my vision for landscaping around my new-old barn house and flower farm in Texas. What could be a better plan than to include lots of fruits, nuts, berries and other edibles?!

  31. I need you to give this book to someone else, because I will simply give it to someone else, as I have about thirty copies of Ros’s earlier editions. Then I buy it again for myself, and someone else needs it, and the cycle starts again. It’s a great bad habit!

    So glad it’s finally out! This edition will change the world all over again, and in an even bigger way. Get ready for your closeup Madame Creasy, the world needs to hear what you have to say.

  32. For the blisters on my sons hands after clearing a strip of desert for me-I need this book.
    For the neighbors who think I’m crazy for planting eggplant in my front yard-I need this book.
    For my five children who actually eat vegetables (more or less)-I need this book.
    For my winter dreams of sweet summer fruit-I need this Book!

  33. This book would be a great source of inspiration in helping our family resort less to the Emergency Parsley Proviso of our self-imposed Eat the Yard Challenge.


    Last January, I thought it would be interesting to try to eat something from the garden every day, even if only a sprig of parsley. We have pretty much lived up to that challenge, missing only about ten days so far(weddings, restaurant dinners with out-of-town friends, getting stuck in traffic, etc.)but there were too many times when we had to resort to a last minute dash out the back door for some green garnish. Just making the effort, though, has really brought the garden into the midst of our lives and brought our lives into the center of the cycling seasons of bounty right where we are. Looking ahead to 2011,it would be such a treat to make more of our little patch of ground with the wise help of an experienced guide like Rosalind Creasy.

  34. I design gardens for people and I am always educating myself on new plants that I might be able to use for them to enjoy and sometimes eat : ). Here in Houston I belong to an organization called Urban Harvest that prompts education,growing and buying local. We also belong to the Organic Horticulture Business Alliance….we all make a point of sharing information……so if i read this book I would be passing the information on too!

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