BOOK REVIEW:  Foodscaping

Post last updated: July 26th, 2017


Foodscaping: Practical and Innovative Ways to Create An Edible Landscape by Charlie Nardozzi (Cool Springs Press 2015) is, for the most part, a “picture book.” It has page after page of colorful photographs and only four chapters:

  1. Ways and Places to Grow Food
  2. Foodscaping 101
  3. My Favorite Foodscape Plants (the largest section, with about 40 featured plants)
  4. Plant, Grow, and Harvest

Nardozzi suggests that you start small but have a plan – plant the right plant in the right place and grow what you like to eat.

He suggests substituting foodscape plants for ornamentals. His small list of substitutions for ornamentals included only a few edible perennials. Nardozzi also provided substitution lists for plants with seasonal color, interesting leaf color, and dwarf varieties suitable for containers.

In the acknowledgments, he gave a nod to Rosalind Creasy as the edible landscape trailblazer. Her 1982 book, The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping, still resides on my garden bookshelves. Her book is probably more complete than Nardozzi’s but has mostly drawings and only a handful of photographs. All those photographs in Nardozzi’s book show how it’s done.

18 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW:  Foodscaping”

  1. Sounds interesting. My Dad had a very large circle garden outside our kitchen window. Everything to make a fascinating salad. Also a paring knife on the window ledge so you could pick a radish or carrot, rinse under the outside faucet under the window, and cut off what you didn’t want to eat, and enjoy!!
    I guess he didn’t think about planting edibles anywhere else.


  2. You grow the food and I’ll come help you eat it. I might even help you work the garden. You see you can make “stuff” grow that I have no chance of doing. Looks like a beautiful book.

    1. Betty – I don’t always succeed in my efforts to grow stuff. I’m also reaching a point where I just can’t take the Florida heat. Next year, I’m giving up July, August and September gardening. Yes, it was a very pretty book.

  3. Much like the potager or kitchen gardens from the days of yore. Everything a woman may need to maintain her home from the kitchen to flowers on the table.

  4. The cover is pretty. Something to read and dream about in cool weather and then when reality and heat set in – and deer come grazing, not so much. But I’m a dreamer and so wish I could grow more of my own food. I like old fashioned Victory Gardens.

    1. Kimmie – You are preachin’ to my choir! I don’t have the deer to contend with but I have squirrels and the heat. Ohmygawd, the heat! I decided this year that I’m giving up gardening from July until October.

          1. You’re welcome! The author is Liz Primeau. I actually paid full price for it… Something that I never, ever do! Lol! But there is a cottage garden in there and I’m crazy about roses, so it had to come home with me. Have a great weekend!

          2. Let’s see…. You know, this is so hard with this book! But for the roses, I adore the English garden, 107-109, and also on pg. 98… For cottagey-ness, I love the country look of pgs 100-104. Anything in chapter 10 makes me happy and pages 176-177 I adore because you can see the seasonal changes!

          3. Doolittle – So far, I have looked only at your favorite pages. Page 98 and 107 are the same house but I like seeing the close-up. I’ll get back to you with my favorite page after I’ve had a chance to look at it.

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