Sara Gasbarra, lead Garden Girl of Verdura, a full-service garden design company, creates verdant gardens spanning season to produce a rich variety of tastes throughout the year. Her gardens include rare, exotic and familiar plants that come to fruition throughout the year to please the most discerning tastes. To compliment her gardens, she is expert in organic growing practices, water and irrigation systems and unban farming in unconventional spaces. Her talk for the Headley-Whitney’s Garden Affair will focus on creating, nurturing and enjoying a sophisticated, enchanting and practical culinary garden.
Sara came to gardening early, and credits much inspiration from childhood memories of summer time garden adventures with her father. She has worked extensively with numerous restaurants, including the Park Hyatt Chicago, Palmer House Hilton and Nicky’s Coal Fired in Nashville. In 2010 she founded an auxiliary board for Chicago’s Green City Market, a thriving year-round farmer’s market, and became Project Manager of the market’s The Edible Garden, an educational vegetable garden, run in partnership with the Lincoln Park Zoo. In 2018, she was named one of Chicago’s most influential women in food, and was mentioned in Zagat’s 2017 “The 11 Chicago Food Specialists You Need to Know.”