The Garden of Earthly Delights

Ina Garten Garden

I have loved Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa for as long as I can remember. I have all of her books and make sure to watch her show whenever the new season airs. I love her elegant and effortless approach to food, entertaining, and living. I also love the special bond that she and her sweet husband, Jeffrey share. Ina also has a spectacular house in East Hampton, as well as what she refers to as her “barn” and garden on an adjacent property. My fellow Ina fans know that the first few seasons were filmed in Ina’s own kitchen, while the latest seasons have been filmed in her barn/test kitchen.

The July/August issue of ELLE DECOR includes a glorious spread on Ina’s gorgeous garden. Evidently, Ina and Jeffrey bought the property on which their house is built and hoped they could eventually convince their neighbors to sell the lot next door so that they could build a new house, garden, office and test kitchen for Ina, and a study for Jeffrey. As luck would have it, it took over ten years to convince their neighbors to sell the lot to the Gartens in 2005. Poor Jeffrey never got his study, but Ina now has her amazing test kitchen and a stunning garden to go along with it. With the help of landscape designer, Edwina von Gal, created a simple, but lush garden divided into four sections: orchard, kitchen and cutting garden, open garden, and house. Over the last ten years, the garden has filled in and is truly one of the most beautiful outdoor spaces I have ever seen. Oh, to be Ina– or lucky Jeffrey for that matter!

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{Photography by John M. Hall for ELLE DECOR}

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  1. I have always loved Ina Garten as well. She has manners, money, talent AND taste, and seems as if she would be a wonderful friend. I think Jeffrey is indeed a lucky man. Thanks for this additional glimpse into their beautiful outdoor space.