The rooftop garden design leaves an open space in the center of the deck for a tango dance floor. With this layout, vines and espalier trees are a good choice for trailing along the rails; Maria is tending to baby grapes, hoping to cultivate a miniature vineyard.
Maria's landscape company, Prospect and Refuge, specializes in environmentally responsible garden design. Given the economic state of things, she's focusing now on building edible gardens, teaching people to grow their own food in both the Bay Area and New York. Currently her company is running the kitchen garden for CHEFS, a program that helps the homeless transition off the streets into culinary jobs.
Bay Area residents and visitors have two chances to learn from Maria Finn in person in the month of April...
• April 18th, Noe Valley Farmers Market, she'll be demonstrating how to construct edible plantings that look pretty, too.
• April 25th, Ferry Building Farmers Market, she'll be teaching a hands-on class for kids. They'll learn to worm compost, mix soil, and plant strawberries.
Photos: Maria Finn