THE CATBIRD SEAT

At The Catbird Seat in Nashville, Chef Ryan Poli has created an inventive menu showcasing elements of Japanese and Italian cuisine alongside techniques he picked up during the two years he circumnavigated the globe.

The garden I've created for the acclaimed Nashville restaurant is conveniently situated on a roof deck just outside it's unique open kitchen and dining room space, and is easily accessible to Catbird's kitchen team. I designed a secondary garden space in 2017, housed on the patio of The Patterson House, the restaurant's "sister" speakeasy bar.

Both gardens feature Australian-designed Glowpear Urban Garden planters, a modular, self-watering, modern planter system, each with its own built-in water reservoir. 

In addition, I installed a supplemental drip irrigation system which runs on a timer to ensure a consistent daily watering schedule, necessary for middle Tennessee's hot summer climate.

The crop list for The Catbird Seat includes several varieties of nasturtium, heirloom tomatoes, citrus gem marigolds, two varieties of shiso (Japanese Hojiso and Vietnamese Jeok Ssam Ip), coriander flowers and seed and over 20 kinds of additional herbs and specialty edible flowers. This spring I also cultivated a run of root crops including hakurei turnips, Paris market carrots and French breakfast radishes and increased our tomato production on the rooftop.