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Gardens of the Future: Edible Landscaping

There is growing awareness of issues related to healthy eating to combat lifestyle diseases and obesity, as well as the need to save money during difficult economic times. This has led to increased interest in the concept of Edible Landscaping, using vegetables and fruits as landscape plants as part of a garden design, not just in the countryside, but in urban backyards as well. First popularized by garden and food writer Rosalind Creasy, Edible Landscaping is now advocated by many gardening authorities and educators, including the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR).

There are many ways to practice Edible Landscaping, even for those who may lack the luxury of a large space or excess spare time to dedicate a garden solely to vegetables and fruits, or prefer to emphasize more traditional ornamental plants. To learn about Edible Landscaping and how to practice it in your own garden, join UC Master Gardeners Gabriele O’Neill and Judy Cortesi at the “Gardens of the Future: Introduction to Edible Landscaping” workshop. This informative workshop will be held on November 27, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Agricultural Center, 883 Lakeport Blvd., Lakeport (a wheelchair accessible facility).

The workshop is free; however a $5.00 donation is suggested to cover printed materials. The beautiful and informative 2013 Lake County Master Gardener Calendar will also be available to purchase for $11.00. For additional information, or directions to the Agricultural Center, call the U.C. Cooperative Extension at 263-6838.