"Gardenside" Chat with Stephen Eldridge of Gertrude's
Courtesy of the Desert Botanical Garden The dame herself. Gertrude lives on through her restaurant namesake.
CB: When will you begin planting for spring?
SE: We are already in the ground for spring! I also have a member of my urban farm committee starting some tomatoes in her greenhouse at Mesa Community College.
CB: Is there something you've tried to grow, that just hasn't worked out?
SE: I planted 60 feet of beets and the caterpillars took them down as soon as they started to come up.
CB: Do you garden at home?
SE: I try! It is a challenge but I love a good challenge!
CB: What's been the most surprising thing about growing a garden for this restaurant?
SE: It has all been surprising and fun. I love to harvest a carrot, wash it and eat it while the carrot is still warm from the Arizona sun!
The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and you don't need to pay garden admission to dine.