Rosalind Creasy, the national expert who coined the term “edible landscaping,” joins Mercyhurst University in celebrating “Earth Week” on Tuesday, April 23, when she takes the stage of Taylor Little Theatre to speak about “Transforming your Home and Health through Edible Landscaping.”
Sponsored by the Mercyhurst Sustainability Office, Mercyhurst Institute for Public Health and the Evelyn Lincoln Institute for Ethics and Society, Creasy’s 7 p.m. talk is free and open to the public.
“New Ways to Change Erie’s Environment” is the theme for this year’s Earth Week activities on campus. For Creasy’s part, she will illustrate how individuals can change their homes and neighborhoods into a source of fresh fruits and vegetables and transform their lifestyle toward healthy foods and physical activity.
Mercyhurst University is already heeding the challenge through a new garden under development along the Mercy Walkway behind Warde Hall. Sustainability Officer Brittany Prischak said the garden will be named in honor of Sister Maura Smith, RSM, who received the 2009 Sustainability Award at Mercyhurst for her commitment to the environment, particularly as co-founder of the Mercyhurst Green Team. The garden will be a combination of sophomore Lucy Koelle’s edible landscaping project and a perennial garden designed by senior Victoria Gilbert. Planting is expected to start later this spring.
Meanwhile, Creasy’s groundbreaking best seller, The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping, was first published in 1982. Considered a classic, it coined the term “edible landscaping,” now a part of the American vocabulary. A book signing of the 2010 award-winning edition, Edible Landscaping, follows her talk. Books will be available at the Mercyhurst bookstore.
The author of 18 food and garden books, Creasy is also a photographer and landscape designer with a passion for beautiful vegetables and ecologically sensitive gardening. Her Cooking From the Garden, published in 1988, won the Award of Excellence from the Garden Writers of America, and introduced the American public to a vast new palette of vegetables including the then unknown: heirloom tomatoes and melons, mesclun salad greens, and the blue potatoes and corn we now take for granted.
Today, Creasy, a Northern California resident, continues to share her knowledge of gardening and cooking by writing, lecturing nationwide, appearing on television and radio shows and working as a consultant to restaurants, growers, and seed companies. Besides her books, she has been published in countless national magazines, written a regular column for the food page of the Los Angeles Times, a garden feature for Garden Design magazine, a regular column for Gardening How-To magazine, and for years was a contributing editor for Country Living Gardener magazine. Her photographs appear frequently in numerous magazines, calendars and books.
Among her recent publications is the 10-book Edible Gardening series filled with beautiful photographs and recipes. The series was awarded a Quill and Trowel Award from the Garden Writers in 2001.
For more information on Creasy’s visit, contact Eileen Zinchiak, Mercyhurst Institute for Public Health, 824-3671, or Brittany Prischak, Sustainability Office, 824- 3829.