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Edibles as Ornamentals

 

One of the biggest challenges for our Horticulture staff is choosing which plants to use for the seasonal displays each year. As plant people, we are aware of literally thousands of interesting and beautiful candidates, and one of the easiest ways to narrow the choices down is to choose a theme and use it as the guiding design principle. I'm not sure how many of our visitors are aware of the theme, but we use this approach each season to guide our selection process.

In keeping with the ever-growing interest in DIY vegetable gardens and local foods, the Horticulture staff has chosen "edibles as ornamentals" as our theme for this year. We will be incorporating a wide variety of edible plants into our summer bedding schemes throughout the garden, including okra, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, artichokes, corn, amaranth, basil, and many more.

Look for these among the summer annuals, selected specifically to highlight the ornamental and aesthetic qualities of common and uncommon vegetables, and consider substituting edibles for purely ornamental plants in your home garden.

 

With this theme in mind, we are hosting, in collaboration with The Little Garden Club of Memphis, Edible Landscaping Talk and Cocktails with Rosalind Creasy on April 14 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Edible landscape guru and acclaimed author Rosalind Creasy will present a fun and informative talk on the benefits of integrating herbs and edible plants into your ornamental landscape.

Before and after the talk, bid on horticultural consultations, gardening prizes, and other unique silent auction items with an earthy twist. We’ll wrap up the evening with a cocktail reception and book signing, where you’ll also be able to purchase a selection of plants to take home and start your own edible garden.

MBG members $25/non-members $35. Tickets available at memphisbotanicgarden.com/ediblelandscaping or by calling 901-636-4131.

Posted by chris cosby at 4:30 PM

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