I was one of the last in line to have my copy of Edible Landscaping by Rosalind Creasy signed by none other than Rosalind Creasy a few weeks ago on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon. She had just given a talk at the Indianapolis Museum of Art about edible landscaping. Images of overflowing, abundant, colorful, taste tempting fruit and vegetable gardens ran through my mind, along with her encouraging, insightful words.
The previous day, I had attended an all day conference sponsored by the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society (INPAWS). Images of native plantings, striking in their natural beauty, attracting a variety of wildlife ranging from colorful insects to songful birds filled my mind.
The dichotomy! A native, edible landscape in Indiana would consist of… and I began to make a list of what I knew was native to Indiana and edible, too. Walnuts, pawpaws, tiny serviceberry berries and, oh yes, morel mushrooms if you can find those nearly mythical fungi in the springtime, and I’m sure lots of other plants that I don’t even realize are edible.
When it was finally my turn to have my book signed, I asked a question or rather said something along the lines of “I have a lot to think about this weekend, having attended a seminar all day yesterday about planting native plants in my garden, and now today being inspired by your talk about edible landscapes.”
Creasy had the perfect response. I paraphrase… Think of the benefit we are having on the environment when we grow and eat food that is as local as our own front or backyard. That means less food had to be shipped, railed, trucked, flown or carted from distant states and countries to our kitchens. And that, too, benefits our environment.
Native plants or edible landscapes? There is room for both in my garden.
No, you can’t have my book, but I encourage you to buy your own copy!