Catching up: Chicago Trip for Garden Bloggers

Reader, let me be the first to apologize for leaving you turning in the wind, without ballast, these last few weeks. I know, I KNOW! It’s prime gardening season and I have been MIA. Sorry. So sorry. We all get busy busy this time of the year. Seems we always go from a frosty standstill to 100 miles an hour overnight. Just a month ago, it was 27 on a Tuesday night and the next Monday registered 94 degrees. This is why it’s called the Wild Wild West.

Top it off with a pollen count of 360 a couple weeks ago and yours truly couldn’t take it another minute. Long story short, I’ve been under the weather, and mostly under the radar. But I have some garden snaps to share with you.

First up, I crawled onto an airplane on May 28th for the trip to Chicago. I was lucky enough to attend the first annual Garden Bloggers’ Spring Fling in Austin last April. It was decided then, to meet up in Chicago in 2009. Meet up we did, all 51 of us. (Blotanical shows 600+ gardeners, I don’t know how many in the US).

We were squired around and hosted by the Chicago Botanic Gardens, saw Rick Bayless’s garden, the Lurie at Millenium Park, conservatories, and private gardens. Here are some photos and comments on Rick Bayless’s garden.

Rick's outdoor kitchen, used for filming Mexico, One Plate at a Time

Rick's outdoor kitchen, used for filming Mexico, One Plate at a Time

They grow $20K of salad greens for the restaurants, HERE.

They grow $20K of salad greens for the restaurants, HERE.

From the back of the garden looking toward Rick's house.

From the back of the garden looking toward Rick's house.

View from the porch, cucumbers are started in the center of these laundry dollies.

View from the porch, cucumbers are started in the center of these laundry dollies.

Another view of the cool back screen door, vintage bread door handle

Another view of the cool back screen door, vintage bread sign/door handle

Lush ornamental plantings for relaxing in the garden

Lush ornamental plantings for relaxing in the garden

Brilliant~!Grapes trained onto garage roof to save space and to get plenty of sunshine.

Brilliant~!Grapes trained onto garage roof to save space and to get plenty of sunshine.

Next: the incredible Lurie Garden at Millenium Park.

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7 Responses to Catching up: Chicago Trip for Garden Bloggers

  1. Love the layout of your blog. The photos are wonderful. The outdoor kitchen adds so much to that home. The gardens are wonderful as well. Such a piecefull area. Well worth the wait.
    Dan and Deanna”Marketing unscrambled”

  2. You were taking notes! As you know, I lost my notebook, so I’ll rely on your data. I also admired that Holsum Bread sign. It added such character.

  3. Ah, the memories. I’m thinking after seeing that garden that I should try to grow some “greens” for salads all summer long.

  4. Rose says:

    It was great to meet you at Spring Fling, MA! Thanks for sharing these photos of the Bayless gardens. Being a culinary ignoramus, I didn’t know who Rick Bayless was and opted not to visit his garden. Seeing all these photos and reading about his garden makes me realize that was a big mistake. I’m amazed at how many greens he could grow in this space.

  5. Friend of mine recently built a greenhouse, in order to maximise the growing season. Her tomatoes are already growing well, after coming from the greenhouse.

    She planted the usual peppers, and herbs; but also opted to try out turnips, leeks, hot peppers, and some peas.

    There is some small fencing for the peas to climb, and her husband also installed an underground watering system; using barrels with rainwater collected from the

    roof. This is a great system, which is 100% organic. Apart from weeding, it pretty much takes care of itself, and it’s great to know that it’s all fresh, natural produce.

    She didn’t plant any zucchini, which is unfortunate, because it’s so nice cooked up in a little butter, and herbs. The leeks she has, though, are great in soups.

    I think I’ll ask her to try some more fruit next season too, it’s always nice to get free food, straight from the land.

  6. debra says:

    hey there, MA. . . I am so glad you posted these images and the update about Garden Bloggers’ Spring Fling. I’m so sorry I missed you and Dee and so many other people who I’m sure would be friends. But I’m “in” – I will make that Buffalo trip in 2010, I promise xoxo Deb

  7. Diane says:

    I had no idea he films his show right there in the back yard! Maybe I’ve seen more of the garden than I realized! And the grapes on the roof are a stroke of brilliance. Thanks for posting these! And it was great talking on the bus afterwards!

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