Edible Display Garden
Explore Our Food-Producing Plants
Edible landscaping is a key part of sustainable urban horticulture. Our Edible Display Garden demonstrates practices suitable for home landscape.
The 3,600 sq. ft. garden, adjacent to our universally accessible Children’s Garden, enhances the area’s ornamental landscaping with food producing plants. It serves as a teaching landscape for adult and school classes and demonstrates how a food-producing urban landscape can be functional, sustainable and beautiful. The project is a partnership with Virginia Tech.
The fruit of the Jujube tree, or the Chinese date ripens on the branches, and is ready to eat in the fall. The fruit is highly prized for its medicinal benefits, which include soothing sore throats and helping to boost the immune system. The branches of the Jujube have giant thorns on them, which means that its fruit is well protected.
The green and white mulberry fruit are unripe. As the fruit turn pink it gets riper but it’s not totally sweet until it’s black.
Typical pomegranate trees won’t grow in Virginia’s climate. That’s why this cultivar, ‘Judai Zakuro,’ looks a little different than the pomegranates in your fruit bowl. It’s more hardy and is able to withstand cooler temperatures and greater humidity than other kinds of pomegranate trees. Its coloring is also different — more pink than red — and its fruit is less sweet. But it can still make a lovely edition to your garden, especially if you’re looking for some edible landscaping solutions.
Did you know pomegranates can grow in Virginia? Many are familiar with the fruit of the pomegranate, but may not have seen the beautiful blooms!