Rick Bayless Garden Tour

A couple weeks ago, my girlfriends and I went on a tour of the Rick Bayless garden! It was absolutely beautiful!

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Located on three adjacent city lots in Bucktown neighborhood, Rick Bayless’ private garden secretly grows organic lettuce, herbs, peppers and more organic for his local restaurants.

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Check out all that lettuce! Most of the lettuces were actually recently harvested, but there was certainly no wasted space at this garden!IMG_20130620_175704

The tour was led by garden manager, garden manager, Bill Shores, of Shores Garden Consulting – an extremely knowledgeable gardening expert!

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The garden features a mix of traditional beds, raised beds, containers and vertical garden space.

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Even a pond and a citrus tree!
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An onsite beehive pollinates all of the plants on site. And of course my lovely dietitian gals Jessica and Catherine looking beautiful in the garden!

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An agave tree (a gift to Rick from a tequila supplier) was struggling to grow in the Chicago weather in the corner of the garden.

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Rick has a greenhouse up on the deck of his house to continue to grow plants throughout the winter!600146_900045112197_1614153967_n 1003665_10151689200641329_1286238577_n   

We learned about Rick’s extensive outdoor kitchen, container plantings, organic vegetable garden, composting system and more!

The amount of production that comes out of these 3 small lots is quite incredible. Rick Bayless is truly the perfect model for urban food production. If you are a gardener or just a foodie like me lacking a green thumb, I highly recommend you tour these incredible grounds!

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