Gardens of Culinary Delights
Hungry for lush, colourful gardens with a twist? Look no further than these sustainable kitchen gardens filled with fruits, vegetables and herbs to see how food in the garden extends much further than the beloved British barbecue. Championing sustainability, innovation and creativity, there's something here to suit every appetite.
Apples at the Abbey
Go through the gates and step back 150 years to find yourself in a beautiful walled Victorian kitchen garden bursting with fresh vegetables, gnarled fruit trees, colourful flowerbeds and a meticulously restored Victorian greenhouse. Wander through the apple tunnel and see if you can spot the twenty varieties of locally cultivated apples growing all around you, identify herbs both new and familiar in the herb garden or just stroll around an acre of dazzling colours and aromas.
Pop round to Anne’s house for a look into Tudor and Elizabethan domestic life! Dating back to the 15th century, this house gifted to Anne of Cleves by Henry VIII has been well preserved enough for a snoop around the parlour, bedroom and Tudor kitchen - stocked by the historically accurate fruits and vegetables of the garden, which has been inspired by a traditional Tudor planting scheme.
Work it Out
For a different perspective on the kitchen garden, learn about life at Southwell’s Workhouse and Infirmary. Discover how the plants grown in the gardens were used to feed and heal the poor and vulnerable for over 160 years, up until the 1980s. From the Victorian infirmary to the contemporary exhibitions on themes of Identity and the Workhouse (The Midlands Forum Textile Exhibition) and domestic abuse (The Women’s Quilt and The Leighann Wightman Quilt), there is so much to discover about life at the Workhouse.
A Helping Herbal Hand
Feeling a little under the weather? Join one of the workshops at The Friendly Hound and learn how to use herbs easily grown in gardens (or windowsills!) for a variety of remedies, skincare solutions and sleep aids. Once rejuvenated, have a go at traditional wood carving or environmental arts, or take a break in the sunken fire pit in the tranquil surroundings of rural Northumberland.
Explore a hidden world of wonders in this lost 18th century pleasure ground with its giant Neptune statue, Echo pond, grotto and more. Currently being carefully restored you can now find a wildflower meadow and Heritage Orchard planted with fruit trees from Champion's time.
Hit the (Edible) Roof
Find out how the Reading International Solidarity Centre is creating renewable energy, harvesting water and irrigating a wide variety of plants on a forest roof garden. Utilising a small space, discover which herbs and vegetables are used for food, clothing, dyes and medicine and learn how dependent we still are on these easy to grow plants.
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