Aug 12th, 2015

A Beautiful, Edible Garden

edible garden

Have you seen our Edible Display Garden  along Lake Sydnor? It’s newly planted, and we’re continuing to add more specimen as we go.  So far, we’ve planted everything from strawberries to hazelnuts (Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’) to mulberries (Morus alba), but there’s so much more to come!  Did you know daylilies are edible? You’ll see them there, and we’ll be planting more edible flowers like nasturtiums, marigolds too. You may recognize the plants ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) and Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum odoratum var. pluriflorum ‘Variegatum’), but did you know you can eat them too? We even have a kiwi vine that grows and is hardy in Central Virginia!

As this garden grows from a newly established area to a mature garden, we’ll be adding more and more of our favorite edibles. We hope to inspire you how to create an edible garden in your own yard, featuring beautiful fruits and vegetables that you love to eat. Everyone knows everything tastes better when you grow it yourself. We’ve seen firsthand that kids especially, are more likely to try a new food if they grew it themselves. We hope to show visitors that a food-producing urban landscape can be functional, sustainable and completely beautiful.  Huge thanks to our friends at Virginia Tech for partnering with us to bring you this new garden area.

We hope that you come visit our new Edible Display Garden and we’d like to know what you think of it too. So, during the month of August, stop by and fill out a survey for a chance to win a $50 gift card to an edible landscaping nursery.  We’d love to know your favorite parts about it, and also what you learned while you were here! If you have suggestions for additions to our Edible Display Garden, feel free to leave them in the comments or on your survey.

edible garden survey forms in box

Jonah Holland is PR & Marketing Coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, specializing in social media. She's been known to go for a walk, and come back completely inspired to write a blog post on her newest found adventure.

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