By Jenn Rose Smith
Garden Mood Board

Garden Mood Board

Two weeks ago I had the most magical dinner at a restaurant called Hierbabuena in Todos Santos, Mexico. The baja peninsula region is arid and desert-like, surrounded by water. The quiet Sea of Cortez is to the east, with the harsh waves of the Pacific to the west. After the long, bumpy, incredibly dusty drive to the property gate, Hierbabuena greets you like an unexpected oasis. The gardens are overflowing with fragrant herbs and blooming vines, and the breeze from the Pacific coast (just visible from the restaurant) carries all of those scents across the outdoor restaurant in the best way. We sipped rosé (obviously), savored pizza made with fresh herbs from the garden, and plotted our return to this exact spot every year forever. I came home from my trip feeling inspired to see more of the world, and maybe try to grow something of my own at home on the balcony. Herbs seem like useful plants that don’t require much space — perfect for my city-dwelling condo lifestyle. Do you grow plants for cooking? Which ones are the easiest and most useful? Those of you with a green thumb, let me know in the comments thread.

image sources: white skirt and book via tumblr, girl on ladder by parker fitzgerald for kinfolk magazine, girl in flowers by parker fitzgerald from her book overgrowth, girl in field with basket from herschel supply, uprooted plant by parker fitzgerald for kinfolk magazine, hands with scissors from lily, plants on table via pinterest, overhead of herbs on white paper by parker fitzgerald for kinfolk magazine, hands in water via tumblr, girl with chicken by loretablog, chicken and wellies by loretablog