Description: Beyond their beauty and bountiful flavors, edible landscapes bring cultural, economic, and environmental benefits to homes and communities. The food and garden movement is not only bringing the excitement and beauty of edible plants into the landscape but also reprising their role as catalysts for sustainable infrastructure and design solutions. Jeanette Ankoma-Sey and Christine Simpson will present a series of approaches to explore how edibles can play a key role in planning and design, and can serve as tools to improve how landscapes function, support stormwater management, build soil health, and create habitat and biodiversity.
Jeanette Ankoma-Sey is a trained landscape designer, horticulturist, and gardener who lives and works in Alexandria, Virginia. She specializes in plant-based landscape solutions with a particular interest in those that engage users with their surroundings: edible gardens, children’s gardens, campus design, public and urban spaces, and more. She teaches an edible landscape and ecology and the environment course within the George Washington University’s sustainable landscape design master’s program.
Christine Simpson is a landscape architect and project manager who lives and works in Arlington, Virginia. She specializes in sustainable, functional places and landscapes and is an avid lover of edible plants. Christine has designed parks and playgrounds, taught planting design at George Washington University, and currently manages multimodal transportation improvements for the Arlington County government.