When I asked Mayor Daley why Chicago didn’t place an emphasis on Victory Gardens, like the rest of the world did this year, he mentioned that we had one in Grant Park. Unless, I’m completely mistaken; he was talking about this garden. The kitchen garden in Grant Park, really a mini-farm, is a project by Growing Power, a national nonprofit organization and land trust that focuses on urban agriculture.
This kitchen garden contains 150 heritage and heirloom varieties of
vegetables, edible flowers, culinary and medicinal herbs. During a
recent talk with Michael Thompson, the Farm Director for the Chicago
Honey Co-Op, he told me that the garden was designed by Bill Shores,
who manages Rick Bayless’ urban garden/farm. I took a trip out to Grant Park today to photograph this garden after Xan asked for pictures in a comment in a previous post.
I really like the use of companion plantings. I believe that the dark red Nasturtium is “Empress of India” and the leaves are very dark in person. I’ve bought seeds for it over the years and every source has been mislabeled.
They’re growing corn in the containers.
Love the bamboo tepees painted blue that the peas are growing on.