Posted on 23 September 2008 by urbangardencasual.com

Edible Estates

By Cindy Naas

Instead of standing in front of the house shouting “Get off my lawn!”, several families in the U.S. and Canada are creating inviting gardens where the lawns once were.

Artist/architect/landscaper Fritz Haeg has designed and implemented 6 front yard gardens which are meant to make us all question the reasoning behind the landscapes surrounding our homes.

Haeg’s ‘Edible Estates’ are created to be beautiful oases in city neighborhoods which both grow large amounts of food and invite neighbors and passers-by to wander through these gardens.

I was delighted to find this project, since at one time I had two lawns devoted to growing veggies. Haeg’s gardens are beautiful enough to please a nearby neighbor while being very practical. His ideas concerning creating neighborhoods are really the most important part of this movement, in my opinion.

So far, Haeg’s ‘Edible Estates’ have been installed in the following cities:

  • Salina, Kansas
  • Lakewood, California
  • London, England
  • Austin, Texas
  • Baltimore, Maryland

Haeg has a book out now called Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn. I’m eagerly waiting for my copy to arrive. In the mean time, see examples of these beautifully planned gardens and to read more about Haeg’s work.

Creating community, growing food and flowers and using less water than traditional lawns sounds like the philosophy I try to garden by. Haeg’s gardens are the symbols of the best of urban gardening.

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