Schlafly Gardenworks is just under a seventh of an acre garden located next to our Bottleworks Restaurant and Brewery at 7260 Southwest Avenue in Maplewood, MO.
Thousands of pounds of produce are grown every year in the Gardenworks for use at both our restaurants, such as tomatoes, beets, Japanese white turnips, eggplant, summer squash, sunchokes, garlic, herbs, peppers, edible nopales catus and all sorts of greens including mustard, kale, shard and salad greens.
On your next visit to Bottleworks, check out Gardenworks on the east side of the building. We look forward to providing you with the healthiest and best tasting produce you will find anywhere.
Make sure to “Like” the Schlafly Gardenworks Facebook Page. Managed by our gardeners, Jack and Nolan, the Facebook Page has photos, updates and advice for budding gardeners. Join them online!
History of the Gardenworks
“When we opened the Schlafly Tap Room in 1991 a friend of mine and Stephen’s from Kenyon College, Mike Gelsanliter said to me, “if you are brewing your own beer for the restaurant you should grow your own food.” Mike is a very passionate gardener. We never had the space to do this at The Schlafly Tap Room but when we purchased the old grocery store site in Maplewood in 1991 it was apparent that we would have sufficient parking without the lot that is now Gardenworks. The lot was in poor shape so it was either fix it or tear it up and “grow our own food”. I had no idea what this meant when we made the decision and while I would never want to put the concrete back down, I now understand why it is unique for a restaurant to grow its own food!” - Dan Kopman, Schlafly Co-Founder
Meet Our Gardeners - Jack & Nolan
Head Gardenworks Gardener, Jack Petrovick
Jack Petrovic has worked on and off with us for over 15 years. Now he is our Gardenworks manager, planning, planting and harvesting natural, organically-grown produce from our garden at Bottleworks. Jack works closely with Bottleworks’ Kitchen Manager, Matt Bessler when deciding what to grow for each season.
Coming from an extensive gardening background, Jack has never gone to school to learn his trade; he learned from his grandfather and father in their small garden plot at home. After purchasing the family home in 2000, Jack became the third generation of his family to head up the family garden. Since then, his nephew, as well as his nephew’s son and daughter, have assisted in the family garden, making 5 generations of the Petrovic family to toil in the soil so far.
Urban Gardener, Nolan Kowalski
Urban Gardener Nolan Kowalski joined Jack as assistant gardener in the Schlafly Bottleworks Garden in 2011. Nolan brings years of experience and creativity to the Gardenworks. Please feel free to stop in and see our garden and meet our gardeners anytime you’re here.
- Worm’s Way is one of our most supportive partners in making the Schlafly Gardenworks a reality.