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Landscaping with Fruits and Vegetables Hardcover – February 15, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-1585671205 ISBN-10: 1585671207 Edition: 1st
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About the Author

Fred Hagy is a registered landscape architect and Associate of Kennedy & Associates Site Planners/ Landscape Architects, Lambertville, New Jersey. He has served as Chief Landscape Architect for Broward County Parks Department, one of the largest urban parks systems in the country, and has operated a design firm specializing in edible landscaping.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The Overlook Press; 1 edition (June 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585671207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585671205
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.6 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,221,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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96 of 96 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I ordered this book through Amazon.com because we are interested in using fruits and vegetables in landscaping. Actually, we just plain like to garden and eat. Landscaping is secondary.
Fruit tree catalogues are very basic, and frustrating. You see some closeup's of a fruit, and that's it. No sense of the tree or shrub shape, seasonal looks, the plant's needs, or anything else. So, it's hard to figure out what variety and what plant fits with your yard.
This book is prob. the best garden reference I have ever purchased, and has become our favorite when planning spring plant orders. Mr. Hagy writes as clear an explanation of landscape design concepts as I have read in any book. He has good illustrations of ways to incorporate fruit and vegetable plants into the landscape. But since the landscaping is secondary to me, what is most helpful for me are the great illustrations and details of the many edible plants that can be used in landscapes. I've learned a lot reading this book, and I'm a farm girl who's been around "edible landscapes" all my life.
This is truly a 5 star gardening book.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Easy Ed on May 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Pros: Some beautiful drawings (although photos would be more useful), excellent diagrams for basic pruning and the chapter on tree care is a very good summary and primer.

Cons: Pompous writing (especially the intro) and completely North East biased (doesn't even mention the most common West Coast varieties of Peach, Plum, etc.). Also, not a single word about citrus or other sub-tropicals (guava, avocado, etc.) which make outstanding edible landscape plants throughout a large portion of the country.

Overall, a good introduction to stone fruit and berries, but lacking in many areas with respect to it's price and grandiose ambition (as stated in the introduction).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bargain Bethli on August 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is wonderful. It is the only one I could find that specifically uses edible plantings in landscape plans. I had gotten this from the library first and quickly realized I wanted it for my collection. The illustrations are beautiful and the author gives just the right amount of information on each species.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Julie Sargent on January 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because I am interested in adding a few fruit trees and have heard a few intriguing mentions of edible landscaping. This book is excellent. I read it straight through when I received it. The illustrations are gorgeous and the book is laid out in a very thoughtful progression. There is a wealth of practical information on particular cultivars, specific zone information, and even details on which nurseries you can purchase particular cultivars at. There are a number of nurseries mentioned; the book treats them fairly. Thorough, consistent and clear details on each plant. The book introduced me to a number of fruit trees and fruit-bearing shrubs I was unfamiliar with. Basic landscape design information and good pruning information is included as well. The book also has some very inspiring and beautifully illustrated sample plans. I am very happy with this purchase and would recommend it to anyone interested in fruit and nut trees, edible landscaping, or vegetable gardening.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Hattori on February 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
It is a wonderful book that bridges the traditional landscape designs and the newer permacultural designs. It is great for those who want to incorporate edible plants in to their garden while maintaining the focus on overall beauty, and do not have the need to maximize their garden food production. Sample designs are mostly formal. It dedicates about 60 pages to how to design your landscape. It gives lots of details in an easy-to-understand language even for the first-time home landscapers. Recommended plants are categorizes by size, which is very helpful. The author spends one page for many of the plants with multiple illustrations, and gives lots of info that are sometimes hard to find in other books. It also covers pruning and disease control.

I would've given it 5 stars if I lived in the East coast or even in the Mid West. I live in USDA Zone 9, and the book does not include plants that would do wonderfully here. I also wish that included permacultural concepts. However, there is still much in this book that can be applied to Zones 9 and 10, thus the 4-star.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H+E on November 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Nice illustrations (no photos), and good information on each plant such as size, time to first crop, texture - information helpful for both design and production.
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