Foodscape Open House 5 May 2018 10-4pm

For the second year in a row, we are opening our home foodscape to the public! Plan to stop by on Saturday 5 May 2018 between 10am and 4pm to tour the foodscape and get inspiration for the growing season. 

7624 Troy Stone Drive Fuquay-Varina, NC 27256 *No RSVP 

Learn more about Foodscaping from this article by Cary Living Magazine:

* Park on street

*No handicapped accessible bathrooms on property 

*Please no dogs 


Savannah Camellia Festival - November 16-18th

Brie with 'Royal Velvet' Camellia

What: Savannah Camellia Show

Where: Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, 2 Canebrake Road

Order tickets by Nov. 6: At 11:30 a.m. Nov. 16, Brie Arthur will sign her book “The Foodscape Revolution” following a luncheon, lecture and camellia trail tour. Tickets are $35. At 10:30 a.m. Nov. 18, Arthur will present a lecture and tour. Tickets are $15.

Show, book signing: 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 17 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 18; included with $5 entrance to CGBG


It’s been said Brie Arthur could graft a camellia to a fence post and make it stick.

While that is impossible, it does point out an extreme talent for plant propagation, which she put into practice at two of the East Coast’s most prestigious nurseries. I do know she has propagated the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens’ famous Lord’s Holly, and that puts her at the top of my list.

Brie has become a rock star in the world of horticulture, frequently appearing on the PBS show “Growing a Greener World,” and now she is leading the “Foodscape Revolution,” which is also the title of her new book. Luckily for Savannah, she is bringing her talents to the Savannah Camellia Festival from Nov. 16-18 at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens.

The Coastal Georgia Camellia Societyformed early last summer and has exploded not only with membership, but also enthusiasm, reminiscent of the mythical Phoenix rising, creating both inspiration and excitement. The return of the Savannah Camellia Show is creating a reverberation throughout the world of horticulture. It is here where much of rich camellia history began with our own Judge Arthur Solomon, famous as a Chatham County commissioner and perhaps more so as a plantsman and one of the participating founders of the American Camellia Society.

The show kicks off Nov. 16 with a luncheon with Arthur featuring “The Foodscape Revolution from Camellias to Chamomile.”

“The Term ‘revolution’ is used far too casually today,” said Allan Armitage, professor emeritus of horticulture, University of Georgia. “Very seldom do we see a trend become a movement, then become part of our vocabulary. Brie Arthur has not only been the leader of the foodscape revolution, she is also the face and voice. This is one book that needed to be written.”

Seating is limited and tickets will need to be purchased by close of day Nov. 6. Following the luncheon, there will be a book signing and a tour of the Judge Arthur Solomon Camellia Trail.

The Savannah Camellia Show opens for display from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens Andrews Visitor and Education Center. The show is included with the $5 admission to the gardens. The day also features a meet and greet/book signing with Arthur.

Nov. 18 will be a busy day, too, with the Savannah Camellia Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., open to everyone who pays admission to the gardens. Arthur will present her lecture again that morning at the garden annex with refreshments and a special tour of the Judge Arthur Solomon Camellia Trail. Seating is limited and tickets should be purchased by Nov. 6.

For all tickets and information go to

Sitting on my desk as I write this is a 1964 edition of the Savannah Morning News touting “Savannah the City of Camellias.” It goes on to state the Men’s Garden Club expects more than 5,000 visitors at the Camellia show.

Wouldn’t it be neat if it hit that mark again for the revival, if you will, of the Savannah Camellia Show at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens?

Norman Winter is the director of the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.

Meet Me in Charleston!

Monday Oct. 9th at 6:30pm
Brie Arthur – Professional Garden Communicator
Foodscape Revolution
Meet Brie Arthur

Brie has fine-tuned her signature design technique of Foodscaping, a sustainable landscape practice that embraces beauty and utility.  Working with public school systems and suburban developments, Brie is the changing the way green spaces are designed and utilized.  Encouraging everyone to “think outside of the box,” learn how pairing edibles in a traditional ornamental landscape increases bio-diversity and adds purpose to everyday spaces. The best edible and ornamental plants are featured to inspire attendees to create purposeful landscapes that engage people of all ages. Organic growing insights are shared to encourage professionals and homeowners to embrace sustainable practices.   Her book The Foodscape Revolution will be available for sale in the lobby before and after the lecture!

The Foodscape Revolution (Part 1 of a 2 series blog)
By Brie Arthur
CHS October 2017 Guest Lecture

“Garden to Table” is the best way to describe my passion of Foodscaping. The idea is simple:  add purpose to landscapes in developed areas such as suburban neighborhoods, office parks, school campuses and retirement communities. With an education in design, an enthusiasm for ornamental horticulture, and a hunger for local, organically raised produce I see potential to grow food in every cultivated space. From simple crops like garlic to low maintenance cover crops and grains, open mulch space is an opportunity waiting to happen.

Foodscaping isn’t new in fact, this strategy for planting food crops in convenient locations goes back centuries! From cottage gardens and French potage to the edible landscapes described by Rosalind Creasy, Foodscaping is just a modern term for a logical and easy way to grow meaningful amounts of food.

Start by thinking “outside the box.” Lumber encased beds are NOT the only way to grow food. In fact, raised beds are generally the cause for the “no food in the front yard” mantra of suburban HOA restrictive covenants. Boxed beds can also cause decreased production due to over planting. This also can lead to insect and disease problems.  Additionally this method of containing edibles limits available square footage and creates monocultures. Did you know that only four plant families make up the lions share of the edibles grown home gardeners?


TOP 4 plant families for edibles:

Amaranthaceae – beats, quinoa, spinach and Swiss chard
Brassicaeae – cool season crops such a broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and kale
Fabaceae – beans, peas and peanuts
Solanaceae – warm season crops like eggplant, peppers, potatoes and tomatoes

By incorporating popular annual crops like tomatoes, peppers, kale and chard into the landscape you will add brilliant colors and textures that blend beauty and abundant harvest. The ornamental plants offer the biological diversity to attract beneficial insects.  Focus on developing the sunniest areas of your landscape, as most edibles prefer bright exposure.

You can start by planting bed edges- you will be amazed by how much square footage is available.  Bed edges are a great place to grow low maintenance plants such as garlic, arugula, lettuce, basil and peanuts.  This location is easy to access for watering and harvesting and really makes a visual impact. I had a professor in college explain that any combination of plants could make sense with a tidy edge.  That advise continues to inspire me as I look for strategies to increase local food production.

My top picks for bed edge plantings include traditional southern agricultural crops like peanuts to hardy greens that self sow such as Arugula. Many edibles are effective at deterring grazing mammals so consider plants like Garlic which will help ward off moles and voles or ‘Micrette’ Basil which has a strong, bitter flavor that bunnies hate! Most importantly, be creative in your plantings and change them seasonally to they look beautiful year round.

*I never say any plant is mammal resistant, but here are a few plants that can help reduce browsing damage from deer, rabbits, moles and voles.