French Laundry Dream Garden!

On my recent trip to Napa Valley with Bush’s Beans, we stayed right down the street from The French Laundry Restaurant.

I’m not sure if you’re familiar with this restaurant, but maybe you’ve seen their cookbook?

The French Laundry is one of the country’s most esteemed restaurants. Its name stems from the fact the restaurant building once housed a French steam laundry during the 19th century. And it is … spendy (thus, we did not eat there, and also the fact that it takes months to get a reservation!)

I love this photo taken at dusk. The garden is right across the street from the restaurant.

Look at this huge greenhouse in all its beauty!


It was dreamy!


Everything was so orderly.

And smelled good, too!

The next day as we walked into Yountville for lunch, we strolled through the garden again, and were very inspired to get home, to get our garden in the ground! (Here’s the beautiful lettuce from our garden, last year.)

Are you thinking ahead to planting a garden this year? Or even a few pots of veggies?

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21 Responses to “French Laundry Dream Garden!”

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    Jennifer — March 11, 2010 @ 7:15 am

    We have already begun a little planting here….strawberries, several flavor of onions, lettuces, and several new fruit trees. I love bringing the fresh goodness of veggies to our table. I feel like I am spoiling the family which makes me so, so happy! Gardens such as these (and the one at the Biltmore House in NC) are such an inspiration to me! I love the smells of fresh veggies & herbs, as well as the beauty of the gardens themselves….so calm and relaxing.
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Designing my Kitchen =-.

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    Carol — March 11, 2010 @ 7:32 am

    Thank you so much for the tour! I would love to visit.
    .-= Carol´s last blog ..Arizona Places! =-.

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    Janice — March 11, 2010 @ 7:36 am

    I just ordered some of those upside down planters yesterday on amazon. Hard time getting anything to grow here in the desert of Las Vegas, but I am going to try my hand at some tomatoes, cukes and sweet peas. And some strawberries.
    .-= Janice´s last blog ..Whole(y) Wheat Cookies Batman =-.

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    Kirstin — March 11, 2010 @ 8:03 am

    That looks so neat! I would love to travel more…how fun!

    I am planning my garden this year and can’t wait to have fresh goodies.

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    LoveFeast Table — March 11, 2010 @ 8:17 am

    Visiting the French Laundry is on my wish list!! Beautiful!

    Yes! I think ahead and garden. But, I garden in pots…all organic. I have been thinking about raised beds for years but have to find a way to integrate it into my landscaping as our neighborhood is not allowed to have food gardens. So, for now I have big pots…I buy one or two each year to add more “garden space” and I fill them with tomatoes, lettuce, and tons of herbs…I like to think of it as my little spot of Tuscany. I like to mingle in edible flowers too.
    ~Chris Ann
    .-= LoveFeast Table´s last blog ..Africa Dreams =-.

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    The Training Table — March 11, 2010 @ 8:19 am

    I go back and forth on this … but I think this spring is the year I stop waffling and put out at least some pots in the backyard. Then again, there’s a farmer’s market open within spitting distance open just about every day of the week. One man’s laziness is another man’s customer!
    .-= The Training Table´s last blog ..The Mother of All Cobblers =-.

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    the BLAH BLAH BLAHger — March 11, 2010 @ 9:22 am

    JEALOUS!!!! I’ve yet to go there, but it looks like you got the full experience. How wonderful!!!
    .-= the BLAH BLAH BLAHger´s last blog ..Decorating with Plants =-.

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    Amy from She Wears Many Hats — March 11, 2010 @ 9:42 am

    Beautiful! So inspirational as I plan my garden for this year.
    .-= Amy from She Wears Many Hats´s last blog ..Just what the doctor ordered. =-.

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    ellen b — March 11, 2010 @ 10:37 am

    Beautiful shots. I’m glad it inspired you to get going on that garden. Love your fresh from the garden lettuce!!
    .-= ellen b´s last blog ..When Irish Eyes Are Smiling… =-.

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    Christy — March 11, 2010 @ 11:23 am

    Looks like such a fun place to go and I love the name!

    I am definitely planting some tomatoes and herbs (in pots) this year. I love the idea of a garden but I know NOTHING about gardening!!!

    Have a great Sandy!
    .-= Christy´s last blog ..Something Fun… A GIVE AWAY! =-.

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    Life Laugh Latte — March 11, 2010 @ 12:04 pm

    Coming here for the first time just feels like a breath of fresh air. Your photos are so beautiful, and your blog clean and lovely. Clicked on your button from 504 Main. We live in the Bay Area, and only once on an anniversary, ate at the French Laundry. Hubs and I are big foodies. We can still name almost every course. Napa is breathtaking, as is Yountville. Don’t you love saying that…Yountville. Makes me feel like I live in the South:) Come on by sometime for a visit. Holly:)

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    Jillian — March 11, 2010 @ 2:22 pm

    What a beautiful garden! I’ve actaully eaten at French Laundry one time, and it was the highlight of our trip. So delicious and so fun!

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    Saidah @ aproverbswife.com — March 11, 2010 @ 3:00 pm

    The pictures are to die for. I am planning my garden now and can’t wait to get my hands in the soil.
    .-= Saidah @ aproverbswife.com´s last blog ..FREE Philladelphia Cream Cheese =-.

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    Traci — March 11, 2010 @ 5:50 pm

    That place looks amazing! I am hoping to have a garden this year. I am going to get Dad to help me. Unfortunately, I have some racoons that love my garden too! :)
    .-= Traci´s last blog ..More Black Bed Inspiration =-.

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    Hopefull — March 11, 2010 @ 9:46 pm

    Love Yountville! I was able to visit two times this fall – I work in the hotel industry and I was there interviewing hotel managers…I am interested to know where you stayed.

    I dream of Bouchon bakery chocolate crossaints…plus a few other items :) The garden is beautiful – Yountville is a gem. So glad for your trip.

    I need all the inspiration I can get to get my hands in the dirt this spring – it is so rewarding if I just do it!
    .-= Hopefull´s last blog ..I Heart Saturday AND…..avila beach =-.

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    Ad K. — March 11, 2010 @ 10:13 pm

    no veggie patch for me this year and i will miss it. we can’t plant till the end of May here but I always have pots of herbs and flowers and might put in a few tomatoes. We are blessed to have a few farmers markets within minutes of our house so I think we will become “regulars” there.

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    Molly @ thecreativemaven — March 11, 2010 @ 11:03 pm

    I normally plant my garden around Mother’s Day, but they are saying that spring has come early to the northwest this year – we’ve had bulb flowers for weeks now up here in the north valley – how about you guys? Maybe we’ll have to plant early this year!
    .-= Molly @ thecreativemaven´s last blog ..{Adorable!} Corner Bookmarks from Paper Scraps =-.

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    Elizabeth — March 24, 2010 @ 6:11 am

    Your first photo of swiss chard made my mouth water. That’s always one of the first things we plant in our big garden. :)
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..A Quarter of a Year =-.

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