Vegetable gardens don't have to hide in the backyard

JULIE CHAI,  –  June 20, 2005

In their backyard in Medford, Oregon, Colleen and Byron Arndt longed for a vegetable garden yet had neither enough sun nor space for one. But with roughly half a sunny acre in front, they decided to replace the lawn with a garden that included ample space for vegetables.

Because the space was visible from the street, the Arndts wanted a design that complemented the architecture of their 1920s Dutch colonial home. Landscape architects Kerry KenCairn and Laurie Sager identified the area with the best sun exposure and designed a formal garden around that space, incorporating raised beds for vegetables as well as a fountain, paths, grape arbor, and fruit trees. The Arndts grow corn, lettuce, artichokes, peppers, tomatoes, and other vegetables in 621 square feet of bed space.

DESIGN: KenCairn Sager Landscape Architects, Ashland, OR (541/488-3194)

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