Miner lettuce’s pretty cousin — the edible Peppermint Candyflower (Claytonia sibirica). Both leaves (taste like miner’s lettuce) and flowers are edible and great additions to salad mixes. A shade grower (partial all the way to dense!), the Peppermint Candyflower is beautiful as an underplanting to large perenials or in the shady corner of your vegetable garden. Easy to plant by seed or start, this beautiful perennial will bloom all spring and summer long.
Mark your calendars and save the date for Sunset Magazine’s Celebration Weekend, May 31 -June 1! We are thrilled to be designing one of five demonstration gardens for this year’s event along with Bay Area designers Living Green Design, Ground Cover Landscaping, Grows Green and Sunset’s own Garden Editors (all shown here). We’ll be sharing updates and behind the scenes photos on our instagram and facebook feeds –make sure to check in and follow our progress!
A few days of rain has done wonders for our gardens this week! Especially for the edible flowers. Rosemary, Violas, Calendula and English Lawn Daisies — we are harvesting them all!
We have lots of fun events coming up this spring — come out and join us!
February 5th, 10:45 am:
Join Leslie Bennett and Stefani Bittner at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, for “The Beautiful Edible Garden, Artfully Incorporating Edibles into Your Garden”, Seattle, WA.
March 20th and March 23rd: (time TBA)
Join Leslie Bennett and Stefani Bittner at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, for“The Beautiful Edible Garden”, talk and book signing!, San Francisco, CA.
March 23rd, 1:00 pm:
Join Stefani Bittner at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show for “Good Enough to Eat: Cuttings from The Beautiful Edible Garden”. A hands-on demonstration on how to include edible flowers, herbs and cuttings from your vegetable garden. Make home-grown bouquets using an array of surprisingly delicious—and beautiful—edibles from your own kitchen garden, veggie patch or orchard., San Francisco, CA.
April 12th, 11:00 am:
Join Leslie Bennett and Stefani Bittner at Annie’s Annuals for “The Beautiful Edible Garden”, talk and book signing!, Richmond, CA.
May 2nd: (time TBA)
Join Leslie Bennett and Stefani Bittner at Garden Conservancy, The Gardens at Heather Farm for “Designing the Edible Garden”, Walnut Creek, CA
Whew! It’s been an amazing year — thank you for being a part of it. Thought we’d share a few favorite images from 2013 as we reflect on all the new friends, gardens and even vegetables (myoga ginger!) we have met and created this year.
Happy Holidays to you and yours!
Stef, Leslie and all the folks here at Star Apple
We have great news to share! The Beautiful Edible Garden has been selected as one of Amazon’s Best Garden Books of 2013. Hooray! We are thrilled to be included on the list with our friends and colleagues, Jill Rizzo and Alethea Harampolis from Studio Choo (The Flower Recipe Book), fellow Ten Speed Press author Pam Penick (Lawn Gone!) and Bay Area landscape designer Rebecca Sweet (Refresh Your Garden Design with Color, Texture and Form). Congratulations to them all!
Carolyn Cope’s Umami Girl Blog is a favorite around here and so we are super excited that The Beautiful Edible Garden was a recent topic! If you don’t know Umami Girl yet – make sure to check out the blog for great tips and inspiration for healthy living and culinary adventures! Here’s an excerpt with a link to the full blog post!
THE TAKEAWAY. There are lots of reasons to want to grow some of your own food and just as many reasons to not want to turn your yard or balcony into a full-on family farm. The Beautiful Edible Garden shows you how to strike a lovely and livable balance, whether you’re a novice gardener like me or a more experienced grower in search of a fresh approach. It’s both inspiring and realistic, and it reads kind of like hanging out with a friend you admire. Although gardening season may seem far away if you live in a chilly climate, this is the perfect time to start dreaming and scheming for the spring. This book would make a great holiday gift, too… read more
One of the best learning opportunities of the year for local gardeners is coming up October 26. “The Wild & Wonder of Bay Area Gardening,” presented by the Alameda County Master Gardeners at the Lake Merritt Garden Center, covers the garden cycle from dream to harvest with 12 timely workshops led by outstanding garden experts — including us!
Attendees can choose three 90-minute classes from the list below:
The Beautiful Edible Garden Leslie Bennett & Stefani Bittner
Lawnless Landscape Kelly Marshall
Planting a Food Forest Christopher Shein
Weeds: Yank ‘em or Thank ‘em Mark Brunell
Winter Veggies in Wonderland Pam Peirce
Coping with Critters (Safely) Andrew Sutherland
Small Gardens: Right Plant, Right Place Susan Handjian
Herbal Delights Rosemary Loveall-Sale
Creating Habitat for Wildlife George McRae
The Almighty Tomato, Drying Herbs & Other Edibles, and Very Berry Jellies & Jams
El Dorado County Master Food Preservers
A registration fee of $45 covers the cost of morning refreshments and all workshops. Participants may order an optional boxed meal to enjoy while viewing free lunchtime demonstrations on composting, tool sharpening, and native California plants. Herbs, books and gardening tools are available for purchase.
To register and learn more about the seminar go to the Master Gardeners website.
September 21, 2pm, Beautiful Edibles/book signing. Join Stefani at Bio Fuel Oasis’s Fall Harvest Tasting for a class on beautiful and productive plants to add to your garden this fall.
September 22, Growing a Community Garden/book signing. Bay Meadows, San Mateo.
September 28, Join Leslie and Stefani at A Garden For All Seasons – Edibles, at Marin Art and Garden – a local/state/national non-profit coming together to produce a day-long event on edible gardening, presented by The Garden Conservancy, Marin, CA.
October 6, 4pm, Grow Your Own Salad. Join Stefani for a hands on class and salad tasting at Berkeley’s Mrs. Dalloway’s. Pre-registration is required.
October 14, 11:00am, Walnut Creek Garden Club at Heather Farms, Walnut Creek, CA
October 20 12:00pm, The Fall Garden and book signing. Join Stefani at Orchard Nursery, Lafayette, CA
October 26, 8:30am, Join Leslie and Stefani at the Alameda County Master Gardeners Seminar: “Wildlife, Weeds, Winter and Wonder: Gardening in the Bay Area” at The Garden Center at Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA