Walled kitchen gardens were found in the grounds of most large country houses in Britain and Ireland. They were designed to provide a continual supply of fruit, flowers and vegetables. With the aide of heated glasshouses, there would be out-of-season delicacies such as strawberries for Christmas, exotic tropical fruits, figs and grapes. The remains of these gardens can still be seen, some converted to other uses, some simply abandoned; a few have been restored to their previous productiveness. This book examines the history of these old kitchen gardens in the light of what might be seen there today.
Susan Campbell is a writer and illustrator. She has researched the history of kitchen gardening for many years, visiting over three hundred gardens. Her investigations have resulted in the publications of 'A Calendar of Gardeners' Lore'; Cottesbrooke, an English Kitchen Garden'; and 'Charleston Kedding, a History of Kitchen Gardening'.
Introduction; The situation of walled kitchen gardens; Design, layout and cultivation; The walls and their fruit; Heat and glass; The back sheds and the workforce; further reading; places to visit.