The Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort and world-renowned doctor of integrative medicine, Andrew Weil, have two things growing this fall: a new garden and a blossoming relationship centered around the pleasure of gardening, inspiring healthy lifestyles and healthy environments. Much of the gardens produce are incorporated in our chef’s tasting menu nightly. Be sure to stop by for a tour of the garden anytime!
“Dr. Weil is a fan of The Grill at the resort,” said Hacienda del Sol Owner Jeff Timan. “And he loves gardening, but won’t have room to garden at his new home. We invited him to build a garden with us and he agreed. The planis for it to be a shared garden, splitting the costs and whatever we grow.”
The 2,000 square foot garden, which has been filled with rich soil imported from Dr. Weil’s property at X9 Ranch, will be planted in September. It’s planned to include many varieties of vegetables and culinary herbs. Dr. Weil and Hacienda del Sol intend to harvest rain water and to experiment with solar pumps to conserve energy and resources.
“I am a long-time gardener and promoter of organic, sustainable agriculture and local food production,” Dr. Weil says. “I’m delighted to be able to partner with Hacienda del Sol in this project and try out new kinds of vegetables and new techniques.”
Hacienda del Sol is widely known for their gorgeous on-property gardens. Scattered across the resort’s 34-acres, Hacienda’s multiple gardens range in variety from native and international arid plants to herbs, vegetables, fruits and flowers, both decorative and edible.
Currently, the gardens at Hacienda del Sol produce upwards of 70% of the herbs for The Grill at Hacienda del Sol, including many types of basil and mint, rosemary, oregano, chervil, sorrel, chives, garlic, cilantro, parsley, tarragon, marjoram, lavender, lemongrass and thyme. They also grow more than 12 types of citrus trees including kumquats, blood oranges, Myer lemons, oranges and grapefruit. In addition, the resort grows seasonal edibles such as Swiss chard, Japanese eggplant, edible flowers for garnishes and many varieties of lettuce.