a Thomas Keller garden

by Kristina Sloggett

in restaurants, Sunday Garden Series, yard & garden

I have talked a few times about how much we like Thomas Keller’s restaurants.

One aspect I really love about Keller’s California properties are their gorgeous showcase gardens. Walking through them is an event in itself, seeing where the menu’s food comes from and appreciating Keller’s passion for sustainability.

The French Laundry Garden is the most famous, located across the street from the restaurant. TFL garden is three acres, and supplies Keller’s three restaurants in the area with just-picked produce. Some of the ingredients in our Ad Hoc dinner were in TFL garden that morning.

Much smaller but equally beautiful, the Ad Hoc Garden sits directly behind the restaurant. After our dinner we enjoyed a warm early evening garden walk.

We walked through rows of vegetables.

Beautiful lettuces!

“Bright Lights” swiss chard – Beta Vulgaris.


An abundance of mint.

Grapes on the vine…

Beautiful, fresh and green!

Among the veggies we found things vibrant and bright:

The first roses Jason ever gave me were yellow

Later there were red ones


and purples

all vibrant and bright.

Walking out of the garden, I spotted one of my favorite trees:

Sustainable meets function meets artistic beauty. A visual feast equal to the delectable feast inside…

{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) June 5, 2011 at 4:08 am

yes we are sooo spoiled here in CA with our year round gardens. This looks like my neighborhood (yes, spoiled!) but im so glad you were able to see it! it’s gorgeous!


2 spabettie June 5, 2011 at 11:40 am

Averie I am ALWAYS jealous of your photos of the flowers and (especially!) palm trees… I love our seasons here, but having a year round garden would be SO WONDERFUL!! another reason to eventually move to Napa… πŸ˜‰ hope your Sunday is going great!


3 Christin@purplebirdblog June 5, 2011 at 6:17 am

Stunnnnnning photos… it looks like such a peaceful, magical place! <3


4 spabettie June 5, 2011 at 11:38 am

it really was… we had a nice dinner and then just walked around and sat on the benches a while… perfect ending to our Ad Hoc experience!


5 Heather (Where's the Beach) June 5, 2011 at 6:26 am

I love it. How incredible. What gorgeous colors and textures going on. I am a huge fan of roses.


6 spabettie June 5, 2011 at 11:38 am

I am too – so pretty! the garden was great!


7 Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo June 5, 2011 at 7:08 am

These are gorgeous pictures, especially the first ones! I love the vibrant colors.


8 spabettie June 5, 2011 at 11:36 am

thank you, Claire! those first two are my favorites, too… :) Happy Sunday!


9 Pure2raw twins June 5, 2011 at 7:32 am

I want that garden!!!! So beautiful


10 spabettie June 5, 2011 at 11:35 am

I know, I want it too, AND the time to work in it – it’s just perfect!


11 Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons June 5, 2011 at 8:05 am

sustainable meets function is right~!!! this is so epic – more of a reason I need to move there!!!!! I wish the USMC saw it my way πŸ˜‰ They gave our Calli slot to a pilot who’s practically failing out. bitter wife, yes I am! haha

gorgeous photos. you know i’ll be bugging you for camera advice this holiday season when I finally ask for my first ever upgrade! <3 mwah!


12 spabettie June 5, 2011 at 11:34 am

gaah – sorry about that, I would love to have you closer and on this coast! :) maybe someday! oooh, I look forward to your upgrade… it’s so fun learning a new camera! XXO! happy Sunday, my friend!


13 Roz June 5, 2011 at 8:19 am

WOW!!!!! SUCH gorgeous photos!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!


14 spabettie June 5, 2011 at 11:33 am

you are welcome, Roz! thank you again for reading!


15 Kath (My Funny Little Life) June 5, 2011 at 9:04 am

Wow, these are the most beautiful garden pictures! I especially love the first two pictures :), the roses are so pretty, and there’s so much beauty in the background you can just assume …

Now I want a dslr. πŸ˜€


16 spabettie June 5, 2011 at 11:33 am

those two were my favorites too… :)


17 Kath (My Funny Little Life) June 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Okay, let’s just say we both have an eye for artwork and share the same brain. πŸ˜€


18 spabettie June 5, 2011 at 11:10 pm

INDEED !! πŸ˜€


19 Kath (My Funny Little Life) June 5, 2011 at 9:05 am

*Actually*, I wanted one before, but now even more! πŸ˜‰


20 Holly @ The Runny Egg June 5, 2011 at 10:09 am

I so would love a garden like that! Too bad I wouldn’t know how to take care of almost all of those items!


21 spabettie June 5, 2011 at 11:30 am

wouldn’t it be wonderful? I love being able to just walk outside while cooking and grab fresh ingredients…


22 cooking rookie June 5, 2011 at 10:54 am

Wow, so beautiful!


23 spabettie June 5, 2011 at 11:28 am

isn’t it? we walked around and sat on the benches of this little garden for quite a while.


24 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun June 5, 2011 at 11:10 am

I could just stare at your gorgeous pics for forever. I can’t say enough how great you’ve gotten with the pictures!


25 spabettie June 5, 2011 at 11:28 am

THANK YOU, Tina! :) your compliment really means a great deal – I have loved getting to know my camera. It also helps when I have such a gorgeous subject like this garden… :) Happy Sunday, my friend!


26 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty June 5, 2011 at 11:47 am

So awesome! What a great place !


27 Val June 5, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Kristina this is a beautifully written post!! Thank you for sharing more of your Napa experience!


28 spabettie June 5, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Thank you, Val! :) I know you’ve been asking for more πŸ˜‰ this was a fun post for me to write!


29 Lisa June 5, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Visual Feast—the perfect description!

Love the pics, and the idea of the garden with a restaurant…


30 spabettie June 5, 2011 at 10:56 pm

isn’t it a great idea? you should see the French Laundry Gardens – HUGE! it’s a wonderful thing. we have restaurants here in Portland with chefs that believe in sustainability and using local, and some have their own gardens. I love it!


31 katie June 5, 2011 at 8:22 pm

The garden is AMAZING! Gosh , nature is beautiful! Your photography is beautiful!

AND I loved your comment on my post about not comparing, I love that you keep true and are real : ) I think its so important! Some people can drive themselves crazy , and I agree, I love the blog world, so many amazing people like you , I have become friends with through my blog!

Love you!

Basil I am so glad I got to know too ; ) can’t forget him!!


32 spabettie June 5, 2011 at 10:45 pm

thank you Katie!! I feel the very same way, there are SO many amazing people to connect with in this community! I’m happy I found your blog recently! XXO and Basil says hello too *wags*


33 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels June 6, 2011 at 1:30 am

What gorgeous photos and the garden is just beautiful. :)


34 Shirley @ gfe June 6, 2011 at 4:18 am

Absolutely gorgeous photos! I love Dutch iris (at least that’s what they look like). And who can resist all those roses and the real food right there for the picking? πŸ˜‰



35 Tiff @ Love, Sweat, and Beers June 6, 2011 at 6:08 am

What gorgeous pics!


36 hihorosie July 7, 2011 at 10:33 pm

sooo gorgeous!


37 spabettie July 9, 2011 at 8:09 pm

isn’t it? I so want to go back…


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