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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Gourmet Garden

I've posted about the Abkhazi Garden and its romantic past before but I revisited it the other day for a wonderful surprise. Not only is it a spectacular garden with hundreds of rare and beautiful plants, but it offers outstanding food. After wandering in the garden for an hour or so we decided to try the lunch menu. It's hard to find superlatives adequate to describe how good their food is. That's tomato soup on the right there, but what a soup! Garnished with spicy little (chive?) flowers, fresh goat cheese and a drizzle of basil oil...splendid is an understatement. The pasta was also superb.
Visit this place - for the flowers and other plants and for the magnificent garden in which they grow, but make sure you arrive in time for lunch. It's beyond delicious. You can read a little about the Abkhazi Garden on The Land Conservancy website, by clicking here. Other information is available here.
The sharp-eyed amongst you will have noticed the bottled sparkling water above with the cute name "O de Vie." I had originally ordered Perrier but decided to try this since it was local. It's drawn from an aquifer in Vic West. Great water! Yay Vic West!


JoJo said...

I love that purple flower! It's beautiful!! Lunch looks delish too! Yet another place to add to my list of things to see.

Pedro D. H. said...

I could say "yummy" to the flour, but I prefere the meals.

Canarybird said...

I have wanted to visit the Abkhazi garden ever since I read it about it some years ago. I know I would love just to see it, even without lunch. I will put that on my agenda next time I'm back in Canada and will bring my camera and my daughter who is also doing some nice garden photography on the Saanich Peninsula.

Randy said...

Beautiful photographs. Love the rich color of the flower and the shape of the trees.

Benjamin Madison said...

Yes, JoJo, don't miss these gardens and if you miss lunch there's always afternoon tea later in the day.

Pedro -the flowers and food are both great.

Canarybird - you would love it - though I suspect your garden is pretty spectacular too, if your flower photos are anything to go by.

Thanks Randy - it's a lovely place to photograph.