News release from the Auckland Flower Show
3 November 2008
appetite for edible gardens
The grow-your-own trend is one of the counter-cyclical
outcomes of a flat economy. But the boom in edible gardens
is being fuelled by more than cash-starved households
alone, according to landscape designer Jules Moore.
People are looking for alternative health remedies.
The edible garden satisfies this need on two levels:
in the fruit and vegetables that it produces, and also
in the act of gardening itself, which releases endorphins
that make you feel good.
With Cindy Nancarrow from Planting Solutions, Jules
will present a taste of things to come in
an edible garden exhibit for the Auckland Flower Show.
Designing for the planted border category,
the pair has chosen plants in topiarised form to create
the formality appropriate to this design category. Were
thinking outside the square when it comes to a planted
border, says Jules. The big trend is to
grow your own food, and theres no reason that
it cant be done in a formal, but visually tasty
In the edible mix will be standard mandarins, a range
of berries, grapevines and some less-mainstream edible
plants chosen for their health-giving properties. All
the featured plants have real purpose, she
Jules will present her ideas on health-giving gardens
at the Auckland Flower Show speaker series, and in a
retail outlet that will promote unusual plants, as well
as in her show garden. She is soon to publish a book
on how to gain the health benefits from gardening and