VIP - stands for Vegetables and Insect Pollinators! A unique garden in our collection since it promotes diversity, pollinator plants, vegetables and unique trellising systems for taking our garden vertical!

Last winter was so mild, rosemary and artichokes overwintered - the later resulting in 3 artichokes! For those of you who do not know, the artichoke we eat is actually an immature flower. It only forms after the plant has gone through a cold period. COmmerically, the majority of artichokes in our markets come from California - in fact Castroville CA holds a yearly artichoke festival!

Katie put in a cover crop of rye to help build the soil last fall
Katie put in a cover crop of rye to help build the soil last fall
The vegetable garden beds after rototilling this spring
The vegetable garden beds after rototilling this spring
The garden in June - the first trellises are going up
The garden in June - the first trellises are going up
Our popular bee hotel - popular with bees and interested visitors!
Our popular bee hotel - popular with bees and interested visitors!
Penstemon 'Dark Towers' put on quite a show this year in the pollinator garden
Penstemon 'Dark Towers' put on quite a show this year in the pollinator garden
Bee hotel open for business
Bee hotel open for business
Different bee species like different hole diameters
Different bee species like different hole diameters




A bean trellis (left) and bamboo tomato cage (right)
A bean trellis (left) and bamboo tomato cage (right)
Rufus Isaacs burned us a nice sign
Rufus Isaacs burned us a nice sign
Tomato trellis/cage in place
Tomato trellis/cage in place
The
The "Stairway to the Sky" trellis - for hyacinth runner beans
Our very own artichoke - the plant overwintered - amazing
Our very own artichoke - the plant overwintered - amazing
Cucumber trellises in front
Cucumber trellises in front
Our native plant border at the back of the VIP Garden
Our native plant border at the back of the VIP Garden
Volunteers Bill and Linda helped build yet even more trellises!
Volunteers Bill and Linda helped build yet even more trellises!
By mid-July, the vegies are really starting to show off
By mid-July, the vegies are really starting to show off
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