Debra Prinzing

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Episode 659: Designer Leslie Bennett, co-author of Garden Wonderland and founder of Pine House Edible Gardens and Black Sanctuary Gardens

Wednesday, April 24th, 2024

Leslie Bennett believes that gardens are for all. In Garden Wonderland, this celebrated landscape designer treats us to an accessible garden-making approach to create our own plant-based spaces, spaces that provide sustenance, beauty, and wonder. Her new book will inspire your own garden journey as you gain more than a pretty landscape and redefine your relationship with nature.

Leslie Bennett (c) Rachel Weill
Leslie Bennett of Pine House Edible Gardens (c) Rachel Weill

It is with much personal joy that I welcome back Leslie Bennett to the Slow Flowers Podcast today. As a past guest of the podcast and a speaker at the first Slow Flowers Summit in 2017, many of you already know about this gifted human.

Leslie Bennett Garden Wonderland
Inside the pages of Garden Wonderland, by Leslie Bennett & Julie Chai (c) Rachel Weill

You probably have read about Pine House Edible Gardens and Leslie’s soulful and soul-fulfilling gardens in top design publications, but now, with her brand new book, Garden Wonderland we can read about Leslie’s garden-making philosophy and principles in her own words. Garden Wonderland is co-authored with Julie Chai and features photography by Rachel Weill.

inside Garden Wonderland
More inside pages from Garden Wonderland (c) Rachel Weill

Leslie joined me last week to talk about her approach to garden design as we paged through the book together. Leslie most recently appeared on this podcast in 2020 to talk about her very personal initiative Black Sanctuary Gardens. And what a treat to have her share Rachel’s photography and the stories Leslie and Julie wrote about two of those garden projects during today’s conversation.

Lush and verdant Garden Wonderland projects by Pine House Edible Gardens
Lush and verdant Garden Wonderland projects by Pine House Edible Gardens (c) Rachel Weill

Please join me as we dive into the wonderland of gardens, formed through the vision, heart, and soul of Leslie Bennett. Along the way, you’ll learn how Leslie integrates her personal leadership style into running a dynamic design/build/maintain landscape design business, a decidedly female-centric approach that I find truly inspiring.

Order Garden Wonderland here

Find out more from Pine House Edible Gardens

Listen to our 2017 Slow Flowers Podcast interview with Leslie Bennett

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Thank you for listening! Sending love, from my cutting garden to you! (c) Missy Palacol Photography

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Drone Pine; Gaena; Glass Beads
by Blue Dot Sessions

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