Garden designer Demetria Christo, left, and owner Mac Ball in the side garden. The garden and painting studio of Mac and Ellen Ball in uptown New Orleans, photographed March 10, 2014. (Photo by G. Andrew Boyd, | The Times-Picayune)

Edible garden. Times-Picayune

Ellen and Mac Ball’s love of gardening is clear from the moment you step inside their Uptown home. On a recent visit, their dining room table held a bowl filled with water and a floating red and white striped camellia flower that looked like a candy cane.

When the Balls began work on their yard, the idea was to expand the existing garden and create a space where they could grow herbs, citrus and greens. Working with their friend and landscape architect Blayney Fox Myers, they came up with a shared vision: keep it natural, edible and not overly manicured.

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