Garden to Table
Imagine strolling down a cypress-lined French country road that leads your gaze to rolling hills of pasture, fragrant fields of lavender, and your destination: a rustic estate. Your footsteps echo on cobbles as you meander behind an aging chateau. Chickens clucking in the distance accompany you as you enter a rustic potager, the lifeblood of the French country kitchen. An arching allée offers respite from the sun-drenched sky. Berries and espaliered apples tempt you to sample their fruit. And the savory aroma of sage and rosemary awaken your appetite. The scene before you is a feast for the mind, body and soul. Picture yourself at our table filling your plate with the garden’s bountiful harvest.
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You are in for a very special treat. The Incredible Edible Garden at the 2012 Yard, Garden & Patio Show is being transformed by garden designers Karen Schwartz and Carol Senna into a lovely French jardin potager. The goal of the potager, an ornamental vegetable or kitchen garden, is to make the function of providing food aesthetically pleasing. Plants and garden structures are chosen as much for their functionality as for their color and form to offer year round interest.
Raised beds, charming wattle fencing, tucked away dining spaces and creative, edible screening options will be on display. We hope you’ll be enticed into the growing garden-to-table movement. Experts will be on hand to provide bed preparation, planting, plant selection, preserving and other food and gardening-related tips and information. Even if food gardening isn’t in your future, you’ll be inspired by the design elements the garden offers. We’re very excited for you to see it so save the date: February 17-19.