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Edible Garden Design  : Delicious Designs From the Ground Up - Jamie Durie

Edible Garden Design

Delicious Designs From the Ground Up

Hardcover Published: 23rd October 2013
ISBN: 9781921383083
Number Of Pages: 304

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Practical and inspiring, Jamie Durie's Edible Garden Design is a book for our times. As more and more of us recognise the environmental, financial and health benefits of growing our own food, all over the country flower beds are being transformed into vegie patches and empty windowsills into flourishing windowboxes.

Here Jamie shows you how to create productive edible gardens that look great. He gives you the lowdown on the design function of each plant, and reveals how to incorporate edibles into even the smallest of outdoor spaces without sacrificing style. Be inspired by real-life case studies in Australia and the US, from Jamie's mum's beloved vegie patch and kids' community plots in Chicago to Matt Moran's classic kitchen garden in Sydney and New York's buzzing green produce markets.

About the Author

Jamie Durie is a horticulturalist, award-winning landscape designer, product designer and the author of nine best-selling books, including Patio, The Outdoor Room, Outdoor Kids and 100 Gardens.

Very artistic pictures, limited information.


Lots of artistic pictures which I did not find helpful when trying to figure out how to set up my own edible garden. A nice collection of stories but did have the information I needed in setting up a garden. What to plant, where and when. Combination planting suggestions very limited.

Sydney, AU


Great book!


Easy to read with lots of good information and idea, plus some great pictures!

Hobart, Au


Good book for all garden sizes


This book is great as a reference for how to plant and look after your garden. It explores different sizes; whole backyards to pots and tells you what types of plants are best for your size limitations and how best to care for them. The first half of this book is great as a reference, but the second half focused on what other people have done. The second half reads more like a magazine and isn't as helpful for those starting out with gardening.

Sydney, AU


Coffee table fodder


Another off the Jamie Durie production line. A lot of illustrations and a lot of examples and a lot of suggestions, which are all helpful and interesting. But not so much actual design. What the book lacks are plans of gardens. Curious for a book about design, it lacks designs. Also the content list is quite haphazard, you can start or dip into the book anywhere, there is no real logical sequence to the chapters. But the book does contain many good ideas and the subject matter is generally helpful.



Edible Garden Design

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There has never been a more exciting time to start an edible garden. Vertical, stackable, kerbside, rooftop, community, windowsill, recycled… The fruit and vegie patch is getting a makeover and, as a result, our cities are too.

The global movement towards a more sustainable future has become a part of our everyday life, whether you live in the city, the suburbs or the country. It's no longer a question of whether you can help, but how you can do it. People across the globe are reinventing, recycling and reinvigorating the way they live, creating a healthier future for the planet and generations to come.

A well-loved garden has a wonderful way of nurturing you, providing a sense of sanctuary and joy – when you add edible plants it becomes holistic, a garden you can truly interact with. What could be better than a productive garden that is as beautiful as it is functional?

How many times have you vowed to start growing your own edibles, but not known how or where to start? Or thought it was all too hard because you live in the city with little or no garden space? Or been put off because you thought it would cost a fortune? If this sounds like you, keep reading.

Here you will find delicious design ideas that you can adapt to suit your own space and lifestyle. I am so grateful to the many visionary gardeners, communities, architects, chefs and individuals from all over the world who have generously shared the stories of their gardens. Read about them and be inspired, as I have been.

I can't wait to share with you my edible design philosophy, which is the product of three decades of landscape design experience, plus ideas I have collected from my travels. Whether you live in an apartment block, in a rental home, by yourself or with a large family, this book will point you in the right direction and offer solutions to growing your own edibles, that look great, no matter where or how you live.

I hope this book will inspire you to design your own edible utopia. Embrace it, share it and get started!

ISBN: 9781921383083
ISBN-10: 1921383089
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 23rd October 2013
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 28.5 x 24.5  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 1.49
Edition Number: 1

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Jamie Durie

About the Author

Jamie Durie OAM is a horticulturalist, award-winning landscape designer, product designer and the author of nine best-selling books, including Patio, The Outdoor Room, Outdoor Kids and 100 Gardens . He founded The Outdoor Room magazine and has hosted over fifty television shows worldwide, including Top Design, and made regular appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show. He is also the creator of The Outdoor Room series, which airs in over twenty countries.

Jamie has been creating gardens since 1998, and has thirty-three international design awards to his credit. These include gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show and numerous other garden shows across the Asia Pacific region, as well as a Centenary Medal and Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to the community and the environment. He is the founder and principal designer of Durie Design, with offices in Sydney and Los Angeles, and his work spans thirteen countries.

When he's not working, you'll find Jamie in his favourite place . . . the garden.

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