Heaven is a Garden (Ina Garten’s Garden)

Nature affects us in amazing ways. It boosts our creativity, restores our inner peace, quiets down the irrelevant ”noise¨ we all carry around, it frees us.

A beautiful garden is therapeutic- it pleases the eye and feeds the soul. One such garden has been on my mind lately, Ina Garten’s.

The Barefoot Contessa’ latest cookbook – Cooking for Jeffrey is out just in time for Thanksgiving and it reminded me of her beautiful Hamptons home with its surrounding garden. I’ve seen it in a summer issue of Elle Decor and it struck me as one of the most beautiful gardens I’ve ever seen.


” We designed the garden before we even designed the house. I knew I wanted a kitchen garden, an orchard and hydrangeas everywhere.” – Ina Garten 


Originally designed by landscape designer Edwina von Gal, the garden was divided into four quarters and filled with beds of white dahlias, verbena and boxwood framed parterres, Russian sage, white beach roses and potted hydrangeas.


After the addition of a neighboring lot, a seamless expansion with the help of Joseph Tyree added to the already dreamy land a number of outdoor spaces that are great for entertaining. Something which Ina Garten is famous for, of course.




A charming garden shed covered in climbing hydrangeas and clematis makes a wonderful relaxing spot.



No wonder heaven is a garden…

Have a serene and happy Thanksgiving!




  1. November 23, 2016 / 6:15 pm

    I’m a huge Ina fan. I love her cookbooks, her TV show, her home, and especially her gardens which are the epitome of perfection. She came to Santa Barbara and sold out a huge theatre of people who came to hear her speak. Of course I was one of them and she was just as lovely as you would imagine. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    • Eva Contreras
      November 23, 2016 / 7:05 pm

      Thank you for reading, Elizabeth! How great that you got to hear her speak, I’m a huge Ina fan myself (I loved seeing her home in House Beautiful a few years back, she has the best taste! )

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your beautiful family!
      xo, Eva