Charlie Trotter's garden part of walk tradition

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There are lots of garden walks in the city and burbs, but very few offer garden visitors corn soup with Manila clams and a peek at the back-of-the-restaurant herb garden of a place like       Charlie Trotter’s. But during last weekend’s 43rd Annual Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival, garden-walk participants could do just that at the legendary temple to haute cuisine on Armitage.

Behind the restaurant, on a white-painted deck, amid basil and rosemary plants, visitors sipped white peach and Asian pear sangria with the orange liqueur called Arancello, or an orange beverage with fennel and fresh jasmine. Or they sipped, as I did, a cool watermelon-pineapple blend with seasoned basil and a spice called Grains of Paradise that saved me from a second bottle of water during my trek through dozens of lovely gardens.

Staff served the beverages and refreshing cold corn-clam soup, with its pickled cucumber, lemon verbena and borage garnish, with the same polish and good cheer delivered in the white-tablecloth restaurant. Trotter, we’re told, has opened his garden to Garden Walk guests for at least 15 years. And on a way-too-steamy afternoon, I was thoroughly delighted he did once again.

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