Foodscaping is a gardening practice that makes people’s home landscapes edible. For example, homeowners may incorporate more edible plants into their entire yards instead of relegating them to small garden plots. Many businesses are also taking up foodscaping, making fruits, vegetables, and herbs as part of their curb appeal.
The practice itself has turned into a business. One company, Nashville Foodscapes, designs, implements, and maintains foodscapes for its customers, according to the business’s website. For one customer’s yard, Nashville Foodscapes put in a fruit tree, a herb spiral, edible dogwood, and other edible plants.
Foodscaping is a fairly new trend. Many attribute the economic downturn in 2008 to the rise of combining farming and landscaping in homeowners’ efforts to save money, according to NPR. But with that said, this uptick may be different. Although foodscaping increases for families during recessions, it has become trend to grow your own food, National Gardening Association researcher Bruce Butterfield told NPR in 2012.