Edible Landscape Garden02.06.2012 | |
Edible Landscape Garden
Talleyrand Park, Bellefonte, Pennnsylvania
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an edible landscape garden?
It is the application of landscaping design principles to edible plantings to put the land to more practical and beneficial use. As stated by Jackie Bonomo, former greenhouse manager for edibles at Tait Farm and a practitioner of suburban permaculture for 11 years, “Edible landscapes can be just as attractive as ornamental landscapes, while producing fruits, nuts and vegetables for home use, sharing or sale. Edible landscaping combines nut and fruit trees, shrubs, vines, herbs, vegetables and flowers in a diverse, pleasing landscape.”
Where is the garden located?
Located in the new section of Talleyrand Park that opened in the fall of 2010. The garden is adjacent to the Park fence along the American Philatelic Society’s Match Factory building just off the walkway encircling the Park green.
When was the garden created?
Planning began in late summer 2010 and the garden was approved by the Borough in September 2010. Planting was done in phases beginning in May 2011 with additional plants added in June.
Who created it?
Members of the Talleyrand Park Committee who wanted to expand the concept of public and home landscaping. The goal was to create an example of an edible garden that requires little care to encourage home food production, diversify and improve our diets, and move our community closer to sustainability. The Borough of Bellefonte aided by providing top soil and mulch as well as tilling.
How did we select the plants? What plants are included?
Drawing on the committee’s experience, we created a plant palette with a variety of colors and culinary uses. Included are herbs, edible flowers, vegetables (perennial vegetables are emphasized lessening the need for resources), and small fruit. A plant key created by the Agriculture program of Bellefonte Area High School and installed at the garden site lists the location and uses for each plant.
How is it maintained?
Committee members planted and maintain the garden. Maintenance is relatively light and consists of weeding, watering and harvesting. New volunteers are always welcome.
Who sees the garden?
Talleyrand Park provides excellent public exposure for the Garden, situated along a recreational trail. The Park is a popular destination for residents of the community and the region as well as tourists. It is used for festivals including the Bellefonte Arts and Crafts Fair, weddings, family picnics and recreation. There are concerts in the park Sunday evenings from June to September. Train rides originate from the Train Station in the park during the Christmas season and special events. The playground and the ducks attract families with children year round.
Who benefits from the harvest?
Harvested vegetables are currently donated to the local food bank.
Are there plans for the future? Is the project ongoing?
Plans are to continue to improve the garden based on observation, adding more perennial vegetables, and increasing the variety. We hope to offer educational opportunities for the community in the future such as workshops, tours/talks for schools and interest groups to include the use of the edibles in the kitchen.
How to become involved/help?
For more information or to volunteer, call True Fisher, Talleyrand Park Committee chair, at 355-1458.