Best Restaurant Gardens | 2014 Home & Garden Awards

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Primo

Primo | Best Rural Outing

Photo/art by Matt Kalinowski

The Herb Lyceum

The Herb Lyceum | Best Farm Dinners

Photo/art by Istockphoto

Ledge Kitchen & Drinks

Ledge Kitchen & Drinks | Best Urban Experience

Photo/art by courtesy of Recover Green Roofs

What could be better for a restaurant than an on-site garden? With menu ingredients just a few feet away, these restaurant gardens redefine the word “fresh.” Here are the winners for best restaurant gardens in Yankee Magazine’s 2014 Home & Garden Awards.

URBAN EXPERIENCE

Ledge Kitchen & Drinks

2261 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, MA. 617-698-2261; ledgeboston.com

Outdoor space isn’t abundant in Boston, but that didn’t stop the folks at Ledge from creating a 4,000-square-foot garden on the roof. Somerville-based Recover Green Roofs installed it, and another Somerville-based firm, Green City Growers, maintains it and ensures that it’s producing plenty of produce to star in Ledge’s modern comfort food and craft cocktails.

RURAL OUTING

Primo

2 South Main St., Rockland, ME. 207-596-0770; primorestaurant.com

Chef/owner Melissa Kelly calls her restaurant a “full-circle kitchen,” and she means it. In the 14 years since she and husband Pierce Kushner founded the restaurant, they’ve grown their onsite farm into a thriving operation supplying meat, vege­tables, honey, fruit, eggs, edible flowers, and micro-greens. Then Kelly’s team in the kitchen prepares them to their full glory in their signature rustic Italian style.

FARM DINNERS

The Herb Lyceum

368 Main St., Groton, MA. 978-448-6499; gilsonslyceum.com

This hidden gem of a country dining experience, set amid four acres of herb gardens (which guests may visit before sitting down to their meal), trees, and greenhouses, is more like a dinner party than a restaurant. There’s a set menu, it’s BYOB (with no corkage fee), and the food—which showcases herbs grown onsite—is carefully and thoughtfully prepared.

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