Leslie Derene Lennox started making pesto in 1999 when her family purchased an old home in Atlanta, Georgia, which had a long forgotten 1,200 square foot greenhouse attached to the home and a 3,000 square foot garden in back. Basil grew prolific and pesto was created soon after being harvested.
Customers quickly embraced the fresh lettuce, tomatoes, eggplants and more. Leslie and Dave decided to test the waters with the pesto they were gifting to family and friends. This bet paid off and Hope’s Gardens was off and running.