The Foodscape Revolution BOOK LAUNCH

It has been a BUSY week since The Foodscape Revolution hit the shelves at books stores across the US and Canada!  Thank you everyone for your generous support, encouragement and interest in learning to make the most of the landscape you already cultivate!

The official book debut was held at the Philadelphia Flower Show on Thursday 16 March. brie book launch

The reviews are starting to pour in and I am so grateful for gardening experts to share their opinions.  Thank you All the Dirt on Gardening for taking the time to read The Foodscape Revolution and share your thoughts!

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Spring 2017 Events

Spring has sprung EARLY this year and it is time to get your foodscape planted!  Join the revolution and plan to attend one of these fun events to learn more! Books will be available at all events starting 16 March 2017.

11 March 2017 Growing Great Gardens Symposium Taylor, Michigan

16 March 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show 5pm   *The Foodscape Revolution book launch!!

18 March 2017 NH Master Gardens Welcome Spring Symposium

20 March 2017 Charlotte Garden Club

25 March 2017 Cumberland County NC Master gardeners Spring Symposium

27 March 2017 Granville County NC Master Gardeners

28 March 2017 Fuquay Varina Garden Club SEED SOWING CLASS!  * registration required

1 April 2017 Raulston Blooms

8 April 2017 Robeson County Master Gardeners

12 April 2017 New Hanover Garden Club

20 April 2017 Gaston County Master Gardeners

22 April 2017 Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium

29 April 2017 Colonial Williamsburg Garden Symposium

5 May 2017 GWA Region IV meeting

6 May 2017 *Open Garden!

9 May 2017 Peckerwood Garden

11 May 2017 SFA Garden Lecture Series

13 May 2017 Crystal Bridges Art Museum Discover the Grounds Program

19 May 2017 2017 Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival

Homegrown Wellness

Join us for an evening full of inspired advice on Homegrown Wellness.  Nutritionist Toni Branner presents information about the advantages of a whole foods diet.  Learn how to improve the health of everyone in your family.   tower-garden-2

Horticulturist Brie Arthur shares advice on how to grow your own food, through her signature design of Foodscaping.  Discover new ways to grow food in Live Walls and Tower Garden.  Get inspired to grow your own for a lifetime of healthy living.

Wednesday 8 February 2017 6-9pm

Embassy Suites Raleigh Durham

201 Harrison Oaks Blvd Cary, NC 27513

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Spend a day at Homestead Gardens

Join me for an action packed day of garden education at Homestead Gardens Davidsonville Store 743 West Central Avenue  Davidsonville, MD 21035 + Google Map

This event is FREE, but let Homestead Gardens know you are coming! Online registration is open until 5pm the Friday prior to the event. After that, please call 410-798-5000 to inquire about space availability and to register over the phone. Thank you!

I will cover topics including The Foodscape Revolution and  Growing Heirloom Tomatoes. I will demonstrate how to make a garden fresh Bloody Mary and discuss strategies to make the most of your space without working hard!  Learn about Livewall, Hydroponic growing and container solutions that will make every patio beautiful and bountiful.

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The 13th Annual Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium April 22, 2017 at The Woodstock Inn and Resort in Woodstock, Vermont

This spring I will have the pleasure of sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm with gardeners in the northeast!  Plan to attend the 13th Annual Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium on April 22, 2017 at The Woodstock Inn and Resort in Woodstock, Vermont.  The speaker line up is fantastic and the venue can’t be beat!  I get to speak on TWO of my favorite topics: The Foodscape revolution and Fragrant Trees and Shrubs!

The Foodscape Revolution8:30 a.m. The Foodscape Revolution

Foodscaping is a sustainable landscape practice that embraces beauty and utility. Working with public school systems and suburban developments, Brie is changing the way green spaces are designed and utilized.  She encourages gardeners to “think outside of the box”, teaching them to include edibles in traditional ornamental landscapes to increases bio-diversity and add purpose to everyday spaces. The best edible and ornamental plants are featured to inspire attendees to create purposeful landscapes that engage people of all ages.  Brie is leading the national suburban Foodscape movement; a model of community development that incorporates sustainable, local food production. She is a correspondent on the PBS television show Growing A Greener World and collaborates with professionals across the US to build Foodscapes in elementary schools through the non- profit, Sustainable Heroes. Brie shares practical advice from her one acre suburban foodscape in North Carolina. Her first book on Foodscaping (St Lynn’s Press) is scheduled for release in Spring 2017.

1:30 p.m. Fragrance in the Air

Brie will treat you to a photographic journey of the most tantalizing fragrances found in the garden. Organized by season, learn about the best woody ornamentals and other delights to create a scented landscape to be enjoyed year round. The plants attract pollinators, beneficial insects and gardeners alike!

Emergent Networking Event at MANTS

Emergent Networking Event @ MANTS 2017

Date:         Wednesday 11 January 2017

Time:         5-7:30pm

Venue:      Pratt Street Ale House  (Second Floor)

Address:   206 W Pratt Street   Baltimore, MD 21201

Join us after the MANTS trade show closes for the annual Emergent Networking Event.  Mingle with green industry professionals, enjoy a complimentary beverage and light snacks.

Please thank our generous sponsors

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* Additional sponsorship dollars will be donated to HRI during the reception Thursday 12 January 2017, 5-7pm in the Pratt Registration Lobby West at the convention center.

The Heritage Camellia Collection

Register to attend The Heritage Camellia Collection at The Art of the Bloom exhibit at the Blockade Runner in Wrightsville Beach, NC.  I will be sharing historical insights and selling living pieces of history on Sunday 8 January 2017 at 2pm.

Discover the fashions, storied histories and characters behind iconic Camellias from around the world. Brie is promoting and growing living pieces of history to connect a new generation to the past. Learn how camellias shaped history from Ancient Asia, into the Renaissance period of Europe and finally into the new world of America during the Antebellum era. Empires were built and wars were waged while the beauty and utility of the camellia was realized. Brie will offer Heritage Camellias for sale for $10.

The inaugural Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach Art of the Bloom weekend will pair the area’s finest floral designers in a design challenge to create artistic floral arrangements inspired by Art.  http://cameronartmuseum.org/artofthebloom/The Heritage Camellia Collection

Cameron Art Museum is opening their Vault and traveling 30 works to Blockade Runner Resort.

Designers will interpret CAM’s art in a floral arrangement sure inspire – displayed with the art as an exhibition

 

 

Brie on the road in 2017

It’s a new year with so many gardening events on the horizon!  Please plan to join me at one of the many stops I am making through-out 2017.

January and February 2017

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The Mid Atlantic Short Course January 16-17, 2017

NCNLA’s Green and Growin   January 18, 2017

Plant-O-Rama  January 30, 2017

Homestead Gardens February 11, 2017

NC State University February 13, 2017

Fuquay Varina Garden Club February 16, 2017

Fearrington Village Garden Club February 21, 2017

The Joy of Gardening Symposium February 25, 2017

 

The Foodscape Revolution in the Green Industry

The Foodscape Revolution 

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“Garden to Table” is the best way to describe my passion for adding purpose to landscapes in suburban neighborhoods, office parks, school campuses and retirement communities.   With an education in design, an enthusiasm for ornamental horticulture, and a hunger for local, organically raised produce I see that there is the potential to grow food in cultivated spaces.  In fact, according to extension service data, there’s about 190 million acres that could be utilized to enhance food production in the US.

Cultivating food is more than a trend; it’s a tremendous opportunity for the greenhouse and landscape industry to meet a consumer desire that will not be going out of style.  Edibles enhance landscapes by providing a unique seasonal component with a multitude of health and economic benefits. Consumer interest in growing food is a unique opportunity for the green industry to lead the way through education, production of plant material, design, installation and maintenance services.

Foodscaping is simply the integration of edibles in a traditional ornamental landscape.  This design strategy is meant to empower the green industry for generations to come.   By connecting the expertise of growers and landscape professionals to the local, sustainable food movement, horticulture professionals are poised to play a critical part in the literal food chain.

Landscapes that present nutritional, ecological and aesthetic value meet the needs of the evolving market.  I am not only referring to the sometimes sluggish “millennial age consumer.”  Many baby boomers, like my parents, are retiring and downsizing.  They are approaching landscape services with a different sensibility and have a desire to make the most of less square footage.  They are steering away from large lawns, high maintenance hedges and spray regiments.  What they are looking for now is “garden-landscape fusion” with fresh tomatoes alongside the boxwood hedge with and a ground cover of fresh salad greens adjacent to the knock-out rose.

It’s important that as we nurture this emerging market we recognize that there are misconceptions revolving around how to grow food in modern landscapes.  Many homeowners believe property values will go down with a rogue farmer on the cul de sac, hence the many restrictive HOA covenants. It is important to communicate and recognize that landscapes are not meant to be farms.  Rather, the goal of a foodscape is to cultivate supplemental amounts of produce while meeting the aesthetic standards of the surrounding community.

Start by thinking “outside the box.”  Lumber encased beds are NOT the only way to grow food.  In fact, these infamous raised beds are generally the cause for the “no food in the front yard” mantra of suburbia.  Boxed beds can also cause decreased production due to over planting which invite insect and disease to wreak havoc.  Additionally this method of containing edibles creates mono-cultures, as our food crops lack bio-diversity. In fact four plant families make up the lions share of the edibles grown by Americans:

Amaranthaceae- beats, quinoa, spinach and Swiss chard

Brassicaeae- cool season crops such a broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and kale

Fabaceae- beans, peas and peanuts

Solanaceae- warm season crops like eggplant, peppers, potatoes and tomatoes

Education will lead to opportunity and there are many perennial edibles that can be included in the  landscape.   Fruit and nut trees offer long term harvests while herbaceous perennials such as asparagus and strawberries provide seasonal bounty and textural contrast.  Herbs like oregano, rosemary and thyme are low maintenance plants that add high culinary impact.

The inclusion of flashy annual crops like tomatoes, peppers, kale and chard will add brilliant colors that blend beauty and abundant harvest. Growers and retailers can shape the Foodscaping movement by offering interesting edibles including heirloom varieties and AAS award winning selections.  Choose plants that thrive in your region and promote the unique qualities that make your area the perfect climate for a specific collection of edibles and ornamentals.  This will result in increased consumer confidence and success. With thousands of edibles to choose from growers have the ability to promote a diverse collection of annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs, making every landscape a profitable opportunity.

Traditional field crops may be the ultimate gateway for the foodscape revolution.  Seldom addressed in the local food movement, ancient grains are making waves, recently named “the next culinary obsession” according to the New York Times.  From edible meadows to sophisticated spaces using clumps of oats, quinoa, rice, sorghum and wheat grains offer low maintenance requirements with a big design impact.  They are essentially an ornamental grass with a nutritional benefit.  Grains provide seasonal interest and actively engage people who have likely never seen a wheat or rice plant growing. Engagement is a powerful component for successful design.

Sustainable management is the most critical component for a thriving foodscape.  Consumers have created the value of organic produce and the demand for a “greener” approach to landscape maintenance is particularly strong with edibles.   Successful plantings always start with healthy, living soil.  Transitioning from hard chemistries and salt based fertilizers in the landscape can seem overwhelming, but there are effective organic products and bio-control programs that can easily be applied to every landscape ensuring a safer world courtesy of the green industry services.

Foodscaping offers a solution to the food miles crisis while helping eliminate food deserts in communities that need it most.   A newly emerging market revolves around the harvesting, processing and distribution of the crops grown in professionally managed foodscapes.  Commonly designed like a CSA, produce can be handled in a number of ways including weekly crop shares distributed to paying members.  Another effective approach is partnering with local restaurants.  Programs such as Ample Harvest can be utilized to donate produce directly to food banks serving the community.

As professional horticulturist I strive to meet the needs of a growing population and focus on ways to extend horticultural relevance in the American society.   I am proud to see plants being recognized for all of the attributes they represent: beauty, ecology, health, wellness, nutrition and lifestyle.  Foodscaping is a design technique that embraces the heritage of home gardening while developing a new level of sophistication for modern day living.  Green industry professionals are poised to become more essential than ever by designing, installing and maintaining foodscapes that will feed our communities in a sustainable way.

Join the Foodscape Revolution and harness the sun, soil and irrigation systems of the everyday landscape and start using your skills to nourish community while setting a high standard for beauty and ethical land care. Consumer interest is there, let’s lead the way!