I make my living as a research associate at the University of Minnesota Department of Horticultural Science. Since 2007 I have been doing field research on strawberries, raspberries, apples and am now happily engrossed in plums, cherries and apricots. (Yes, these do grow in Minnesota!)
In 2009, the Horticulture Department provided a large and very visible plot of ground on the St. Paul campus for me to try my hand at edible landscaping. Outreach being a large part of the project, it was during that inaugural season that this blog was born, though under a different name (umediblelandscape.blogspot.com). Putting that garden together was a huge learning experience, and I wanted to share the resources I was using and things I was discovering with people who might want to give edible landscaping a try.
Since then, I have had a great time speaking about edible landscaping to Twin Cities area garden clubs, master gardener groups, landscaping organizations, The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, on KARE11, and even had the chance (dream come true!) to speak on the topic at the Minnesota State Fair.
I designed the garden at the U of M for a couple more years, but now let that task go to enthusiastic students who are excited to try their hand at edible landscaping. Presently, I split my time between two cold climates, Minnesota and Wyoming.
What about the book, you ask? The book happened the way we dream of books happening...an editor who read my blog contacted me to ask if I'd be interested in writing a book on edible landscaping. How could I resist? Just about two years later, the book became a reality.