A couple weeks ago, my girlfriends and I went on a tour of the Rick Bayless garden! It was absolutely beautiful!
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.
Check out all that lettuce! Most of the lettuces were actually recently harvested, but there was certainly no wasted space at this garden!
The tour was led by garden manager, garden manager, Bill Shores, of Shores Garden Consulting – an extremely knowledgeable gardening expert!
The garden features a mix of traditional beds, raised beds, containers and vertical garden space.
Even a pond and a citrus tree!
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!
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.
Rick has a greenhouse up on the deck of his house to continue to grow plants throughout the winter!
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!