Why I'm Obsessed with Gardens in February

It might be 40 degrees outside, but these past few weeks, I've been neck-deep in researching gardens. What I find fascinating is how edible gardens are being turned into a political, plot-by-plot statement against global food production. Put another way: It's locavore-ism to the extreme, eating from not just within 100 miles, but just outside your door. For last year's Eco-Epicurean Awards, my wonderful colleague Kristin Donnelly wrote about artist-designer-architect Fritz Haeg and his Edible Estates project—essentially transforming idle front lawns into gardens. Just out this month is Haeg's book, Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn (Metropolis Books) with convincing essays by edible gardening guru Rosalind Creasy and food journalist Michael Pollan.

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