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Book and Garden Tour! Portland, Brooklyn, New Jersey, Chicago and Seattle!

Happy official summer everyone! Starting tomorrow, I’m off on a little book tour and my friend Robin is opening her completely amazing garden to the public. I’ve sprinkled photos of her garden through out this post and all the details of the tour and her garden are listed at the bottom. If you’re in Seattle, this is a garden not to be missed (and word on the street is the sun will shine in Seattle tomorrow!).

As for the book tour, my first stop is at the Garden Corner Nursery in Tualatin, Oregon, which is just south of Portland and home to the World’s Largest Hanging Basket (seriously, it is 16 feet high and 10 feet wide)! Then, I fly off to the East Coast and Midwest. On Tuesday I am super excited to have an opportunity to teach at Roberta’s in Brooklyn. This little pizzeria has received national acclaim for its food, but most exciting for me is the vegetable garden out back, where I will be teaching my class! Williams-Sonoma is also hosting lucky me at their stores in Short Hills, New Jersey and Chicago, Illinois (North Michigan Avenue location). Both of these stores carry Williams-Sonoma’s new Agrarian line, which features a very well curated collection of garden tools, seeds, plants, food preservation supplies, and a very cute chicken coop!

If you happen to be in Portland, Brooklyn, New Jersey or Chicago (or if you have friends and family who are), please do stop by.  I’d love to meet you!

Saturday, June 23rd: Container Vegetable Gardening

The Garden Corner Nursery in Tualatin, Oregon at 11:00 am. Free class!

You can grow almost anything edible in containers, from apple trees to carrots. You just need to have the right type of container and choose the best variety. In this workshop I’m going to cover all the container gardening basics, offer some design tips for putting together beautiful edible containers, and show off some of my favorite edible plants for container gardening. Book signing to follow!

Tuesday, June 26th: Urban Herb Gardening

Roberta’s in Brooklyn, NY at 5:00 pm. Free class!

Learn how to grow herbs and simple ways to infuse their flavor into your everyday recipes! In this class I will cover how to grow herbs successfully in both containers and the garden. Plus, the best techniques for drying and freezing herbs, how to make fresh and dry herbal tea, and how to preserve the flavor of herbs in infused salts, sugars, and vinegars. Book signing to follow!

Wednesday, June 27th: Growing and Cooking with Herbs

Williams-Sonoma at the Mall at Short Hills, NJ at 5:00PM. Free class!

Anyone can grow herbs (even if you think you have a brown thumb)! They thrive in containers, have almost no pest or disease problems, and do not need to be babied! In this hands-on workshop, I’m going to discuss herb growing basics and then we will delve in to using herbs in the kitchen every day. We’ll make fresh herbal tea, a delicious rosemary lemon herb salt, and a versatile compound butter than can be used to flavor everything from grilled fish to boiled new potatoes. There will be lots of treats to sample and a book signing to follow!

Saturday, June 30th: Growing and Cooking with Herbs

Williams-Sonoma on North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois at 1:00 pm. Free class!

Anyone can grow herbs (even if you think you have a brown thumb)! They thrive in containers, have almost no pest or disease problems, and do not need to be babied! In this hands-on workshop, I’m going to discuss herb growing basics and then we will delve in to using herbs in the kitchen every day. We’ll make fresh herbal tea, a delicious rosemary lemon herb salt, and a versatile compound butter than can be used to flavor everything from grilled fish to boiled new potatoes. There will be lots of treats to sample and a book signing to follow!

Sunday July 1st: Herbs 101

Gethsemane Garden Center in Chicago

Learn how to grow herbs and simple ways to infuse their flavor into your everyday recipes! In this class I will cover how to grow herbs successfully in both containers and the garden. Plus, the best techniques for drying and freezing herbs! Book signing to follow.

Sustainable Ballard’s 4th Annual Edible Garden Tour on June 23rd!

10:00 am to 3:00 pm. $10 maps are available at Whittier Elementary on the day of the tour.

Last but certainly not least, I want to tell you about my friend Robin’s garden, which is being featured on the Sustainable Ballard Edible Garden tour this Saturday, June 23rd in Seattle. Robin owns Garden Mentors and her job is to help guide people towards creating a garden that fits their space and lifestyle. Robin has helped me in my own garden and her personal garden is truly one of my very favorite spots. With the help of her husband, Bob, they have transformed the yard around their Ballard Bungalow into an edible wonderland. Vegetables, herbs, and fruit are intermixed among northwest Native plants and ornamentals.

The garden features a cozy fire pit surrounded by stone benches, meandering pathways, a honey bee hive tended by Ballard Bee Company, a gorgeous cedar greenhouse, and numerous hoop houses and cold frames.

If you want ideas for squeezing tons of food into a small urban space in the most beautiful possible way, then you must attend this tour and visit Robin’s garden, which is rarely open to the public! I would totally be there with bells on if I wasn’t on book tour!  Maps are $10 and available the day of the tour from Sustainable Ballard.

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2 Responses to “Book and Garden Tour! Portland, Brooklyn, New Jersey, Chicago and Seattle!”

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    Bria Says:

    Yay, so happy to hear that you are coming to Portland! Hoping to make it (and also check out that colossal hanging basket!!).

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