The edible landscape: an interesting market niche©

C.E.H. Coker
With the growing trend to eat local, in-season foods it is no wonder customers are looking to incorporate more edible plants into their landscape design. The trend has sparked the return of edible landscaping—which is all about incorporating edible herbs and flowers as well as plants, trees and shrubs that produce vegetables and fruits—in residential gardens. While the concept is gaining popularity now, edible landscaping is really just as old as gardening. In fact, ancient Persian gardens consisted of a variety of edible and ornamental plants. And medieval gardens took the concept to a whole other level with most gardens housing an array of fruit and vegetable plants, edible flowers and medicinal herbs. Today, with a newfound focus on health, sustainability and environmental protection, edible landscaping is a trend that’s here to stay. An interesting way to expand your market may be to incorporate value-added service to your business plan. If your business includes edibles or “edimentals” as they are sometimes called, you may consider offering edible landscape consultation to your clients. Your service may include design, as well as installation and maintenance with a focus on offering edible annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, and even ornamental arrangements.
Coker, C.E.H. (2017). The edible landscape: an interesting market niche©. Acta Hortic. 1174, 47-52
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2017.1174.10

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