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LH 161: Extraordinary Ornamental Edibles

LH 161: Grow Landscape Plants that are Beautiful AND Delicious

As gardeners we grow tons of veggies and fruit, but there are many other landscape plants that are delicious as well as ornamental.

So let’s think outside the box of planting our gardens in rows. In this episode, I bring on author Mike Lascelle to discuss a unique mix of perennial plants that can beautify our gardens and fill our plates at the same time.

You can have your yard and eat it too.

You will learn:

  •      Why clove currant is often overlooked as an edible
  •      Why hops is a great conversation starter
  •      What is a Yuzu tree and why you want one
  •      Can you really eat a redbud
  •      How to grow your own tea
  •      What is the dry roasting process for green tea
  •      How to make a linden cordial
  •      And MUCH more…

Mike Lascelle:

author Mike Lascelle - www.LivingHomegrown.comHas authored two books: A Place in the Rain – Designing the West Coast Garden and Extraordinary Ornamental Edibles – 100 Perennials, Trees, Shrubs and Vines for Canadian Gardens.

He is also a garden columnist for Maple Ridge News and has written numerous garden articles in Canadian Gardening, GardenWise and Gardens West.

He is an ISA Certified Arborist, with an Ontario Diploma of Horticulture in Urban Forestry, and a BC Red Seal Landscape Horticulturist with 35 years of horticultural experience including landscape foreman, garden designer, estate gardener and current position, nursery manager at Amsterdam Garden Centre, Pitt Meadows.


Resources & Links Mentioned:

Extraordinary Ornamental Edibles* – Mike’s New BookExtraordinary Ornamental Edibles Cover -

A Place in the Rain*

Mike’s Website

Related Episodes:

Create An Epic Edible Garden

Bold & Beautiful Edible Gardening



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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.