Rochelle Jackson Fills Us in on the New Antoinette’s Garden in Leonardtown

The atmosphere is both laid back and inviting with French, modern décor akin to classic luxury. PHOTO BY REID SILVERMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Antoinette’s Garden (AG) co-owners Rochelle Jackson and Jon Boss are natives of Leonardtown in St. Mary’s County. As entrepreneurs and family friends, both frequented downtown Leonardtown where they saw the need and potential for a place that locals can come to relax. Nicknamed “The Garden,” AG’s goal is to take you on a journey unlike anything in the Square, one sip at a time. Shall we?

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE ANTOINETTE’S GARDEN?

The atmosphere is both laid back and inviting with French, modern décor akin to classic luxury. The café bar has a chill vibe that is mysterious and welcoming to everyone, which was the goal.

Antoinette comes from my middle name and the garden name comes from the memory of growing up in St. Marys County and working with my grandmother and grandfather in their garden. The garden was a place of peace for family and friends. That’s the environment we want to promote here at The Garden.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO OPEN DURING COVID 19?

We felt there was real opportunity to step out of the box. With so much chaos and uncertainty, we wanted to bring a little hope and a few smiles is such a desperate time.

GIVE US A BREAK DOWN OF YOUR OFFERINGS: WINE, COCKTAILS, AND COFFEE

The menu has a wide selection of wines and continues to grow. We want to support local wineries and distilleries as much as possible. We have a series of wine-based drinks, including our red and white Sangria Margaritas – a refreshing twist on the classic drink. Another favorite is our “Wine and Shine,” a cocktail that includes shots of Southern Trail, a distillery located in Mechanicsville. We will also have slow pour-over coffee and some other fun options like multi-flavored mimosas and espresso martinis. 

What Else Do You Have in Store for Your Patrons?

Wine club with private happy hours and socials • Wine and food pairings (lite fare) • Wine flights • Co‹ffee club • Lattes

HOSTING & EVENTS

AG is looking forward to collaborating with local businesses to host events or ‹offer rentals.

RESERVE SPACE TO ENJOY:

• Informational seminars• Book clubs • Social meetups• Live jazz music

Visit Antoinette’s Garden at 22694 Washington Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650. For more information call 301-690-2500.

Rachel Lytle
Southern Maryland native and Penn State Alumna, Rachel works full-time in marketing and is a freelance writer for a variety of women's lifestyle publications. She has a passion for mental health advocacy and enjoys to play tennis, travel, and spend her spare time with family and friends.