Gardeners love to eat what they grow and since in July an abundance of produce is ready to enjoy, after all the planning, planting and hard work, what better time for Pashley Manor, on the border of Sussex and Kent, to dedicate a week to the Kitchen Garden.
The current Kitchen Garden, designed and planted in 1990, is a re-creation of how the long –lost Victorian potager might have been. In July the Kitchen Garden, hidden within its soft red brick walls, is full of fresh produce and flowers that supply the café and feed the house. Espaliered pear trees and vine arches welcome you to the Kitchen Garden; scented and colourful sweet peas grown on tall bamboo pyramids flourish at each corner. Many different types of lettuce and salad jostle for space with parsley, chives, coriander and other herbs, while artichokes and early courgettes, peas, beans and beetroot cohabit with soft fruits, which make visitors gasp with envy.
Most of the produce in Pashley’s Kitchen Garden is grown from seeds from Dobies.
During the eight days of the Kitchen Garden Week there will be the chance to talk to the gardeners and ask questions and advice, as well as a focus on how the produce from the garden is used in the café menus; plus there will be local honey and homemade chutney on sale in the Gift Shop.