I recently had the pleasure of visiting Ros Creasy, the godmother of Edible Landscaping. I met Ros almost four years ago at the Garden Writers Annual Symposium. Ros is a force to be reckoned with. She's smart, funny and loving...and she knows more about edible landscaping than any other human on the planet. Ros' Edible Landscaping book and website have far better pictures of her yard (and both are great gardening resources) than those that I took. I highly recommend checking them out. Oh, and please take time to visit her new Facebook page...I worked hard to set it up so we could all benefit from her years of knowledge.
I went to see her in Los Altos to spend some time with her and see her beautiful gardens. While there, I took several photos on my iPhone and want to share a few with you.
One of the things I liked most about her garden design was the way it is divided into multiple rooms. Here's a little vignette in the corner of her backyard. This patio is surrounded by boxwood hedges with edible trees behind it. If I remember correctly, one is a pomegranate and the other a kumquat.
And here are three of Ros' "girls". She has 6, three in each coop. Let me tell you, no chickens have had a better life than these. She feeds them all kinds of greenery from her garden and chats with them on a regular basis. I got into the coops and harvested the eggs...a first for me!
One night for dinner, Ros made artichokes. Now, I am not an artichoke lover...in fact, I try to avoid them at all costs. But, I've never had them fresh, only canned. As with most things, the fresh is far superior to the canned variety. I absolutely loved eating fresh artichokes and highly recommend that you give it a try.
I left Ros' with a new understanding of gardening. I realized that it's not just a hobby...it's a way of life. It's not a separate activity, but an integral part of my journey on this planet.
I am deeply pleased to have a friend (and now client) like Ros. She inspires me daily.