On a Spring trip to Monticello in Charlottesville, VA, it was too early to admire the produce in the vast kitchen garden historically grown (beginning in 1770) to feed the large population on the estate. I won’t go into the controversial nature of its tenants here, but it is obvious from its size you will need many hands to tend this garden and harvest its offerings. What we did admire is the incredible setting and vast views of the Piedmont countryside.
On a much smaller scale, in Bavaria, I have seen lovely versions of kitchen gardens. Anyone claiming that growing food can’t be pretty and focus only on yield, is simply wrong. I’m looking forward to an upcoming project where I can let these images inspire a commissioned vegetable garden in a large sunny landscape without jumpy deer, a rarity where I live or work.