a sort-of-silent sunday: the french laundry’s gardens

As October comes to a close, I’m leaving you with a treat on this Halloween. During our trip to Napa, we stayed in the town of Yountville, home of The French Laundry. We didn’t eat there, but I did spend some time wandering through the The French Laundry’s gardens, just across Washington Street, in front of the famous restaurant. It was a stunning garden, and I kept wanting to go back. I was tempted to pick a tomato or a carrot, but I didn’t. I was a very good girl. All I took were photos, and I’m sharing these with you today.

Note: I’m about to hit a very busy stretch at my work for the next couple of weeks that may not allow me much time for cooking, much less photographing or writing about it. Please bear with me in the days of silence that may follow – I’m still around, just taking a short break from the blog while duty calls!

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16 Responses to “a sort-of-silent sunday: the french laundry’s gardens”

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    Maggie — October 31, 2010 @ 4:29 pm

    I adored their gardens and every moment at the French Laundry. Hope you loved Napa!

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    Kristina @ spabettie — October 31, 2010 @ 4:42 pm


    It is on my list to not only visit the gardens, but also eat at The French Laundry… ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Kim — October 31, 2010 @ 5:16 pm

    Beautiful! The RGB wants a garden like that (but on a much smaller scale) when we get the Bistro open. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Don’t overwork yourself. Look forward to your return.


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    Liz the Chef — October 31, 2010 @ 5:16 pm

    Lovely photos – it’s my dream to eat there one day. Meanwhile, I’m going to throw myself into cooking out of the Ad Hoc cookbook…Take care during the busy days ahead. best, Liz

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    Jason Phelps — October 31, 2010 @ 5:21 pm

    I have heard of the fresh dishes that come from their garden. Great pics to put some reality to those stories.


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    What great photos of the gardens! I just ate at Redd a month ago in Yountville, yet French Laundry is on the bucket list – I think 2011 will be the year.

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    SMITH BITES — October 31, 2010 @ 8:10 pm

    beautiful MJ!! don’t think i could have picked a tomato or carrot either but that is just some gorgeous garden! we too, are heading into the 6 most grueling weeks of our entire year – have no idea how to juggle the blog – if that’s even possible. looking forward to your return.

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    Liren — November 1, 2010 @ 1:33 am

    You’ve captured it beautifully ๐Ÿ™‚ Just love the scarecrow!

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    Maria at Fresh Eats — November 1, 2010 @ 9:23 am

    Such a beautiful garden, and you captured it wonderfully. We were there about five years ago and Keller was standing in front of the garden talking to one of his staffers. We wanted to introduce ourselves but they were deep in conversation, so we went and stuffed ourselves with Bouchon pastries instead! : ) Take care of yourself during this busy time.

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    Barbara @ VinoLuciStyle — November 1, 2010 @ 11:50 am

    What a beautiful garden…you were a very good girl; there would certainly have been a great temptation to bring a part of The French Laundry out with you I’m sure.

    Sounds like a busy season for a lot of us; just tying to breathe, one day at a time!

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    Macaroni Mama — November 1, 2010 @ 9:12 pm

    I love the photos on this post…especially pumpkin head.

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    Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite — November 7, 2010 @ 8:27 pm

    MJ, I am a week late to this post (yes it’s a very busy time for us all) but it’s so lovely I am bookmarking it for whenever I need a little zen in the crazy weeks to come….

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    Aggie — November 9, 2010 @ 4:25 pm

    I am loving your blog! I was just in Napa a little over a week ago and just posted photos from it…including this same scarecrow! I was lucky enough to eat at Bouchon and it was nothing less than amazing….

    Great photos! I wish I had more time to spend in the garden, it was so pretty.

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — November 9, 2010 @ 8:42 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us! I am going to be eating at The French Laundry next June and this has just made me so incredibly excited!

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      mj (merry gourmet) — November 14, 2010 @ 7:14 pm

      Okay, now I’m very envious of your trip to The French Laundry, Brian. I’m so looking forward to your post about your trip, and you can bet I’ll be on the lookout for it!

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