Leslie C. Bennett

Welcome! I am the the founder and owner of Pine House Edible Gardens, an Oakland-based landscape design firm that creates beautiful, edible gardens. I am the co-author of The Beautiful Edible Garden (Ten Speed Press, Feb 2013) and former founder and co-owner of Star Apple Edible Gardens landscape design firm. In my work, I bring together ecologically sound landscape design principles and small-scale urban agriculture, working with both ornamental and edible plants to create integrated landscapes. My work has been featured in Sunset Magazine, C Magazine, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Gardenista.com

For me, edible landscapes are a long term relationship, where my clients get to have all kinds of fun, seasonal experiences in their gardens and kitchens! My specific focus is on designing and building stylised vegetable and cutting flower gardens -- in other words, working gardens that happen to have beautiful structural design. I also consult with clients on ways to incorporate perennial edibles such as fruit trees, berry shrubs and herbs throughout existing ornamental landscapes.  I love doing one-on-one garden coaching and consulting work, also providing long term, specialized edible and ornamental maintenance that will keep your garden productive and beautiful over time.

If you think my services may be a good match for what you're looking for, please be in touch -- I'd love to hear from you!