I am sure everyone would love to pick fresh, organic produce right from their yard, but not everyone has a green thumb or the time (or desire) to learn to tend a garden. That’s where businesses like Urban Plantations come in. They not only design and plant edible, “urban landscapes”, they also help maintain the garden for you as needed. I had the opportunity and pleasure to speak with the owner of Urban Plantations, Karen Contreras, in one of their creations here in San Diego.
The home is located in a lovely pocket of North Park, where each home is more charming than the next and Karen was hard at work as I approached. She and her staffers were preparing for their winter plantings: Brussels sprouts, lettuces and “Purple Peacock” broccoli, among others. What struck me most about this front yard garden was how little it looked like a vegetable garden. The many fruits and veggies (tomatoes, heirloom “Moon and Stars” watermelon, and persimmon to name a few) are seamlessly integrated with beautiful ornamentals – including a cutting flower garden. It’s inspiring how gorgeous a fruitful garden (which, as Urban Plantations states in their mission, “provides nourishment for body and soul”) can truly be! Watch the short video interview below with Karen as she discusses the transformation of this home’s typical front yard into the unique environment it is today. You can also click here to see the before and after, I hope it inspires you to consider a well designed garden in your front yard.
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