The Kitchen Garden at Packwood House

19 Feb

I made a lovely discovery recently – the beautiful walled kitchen garden. Apparently it’s been open to the public for about four years and I’m sure I’ve been to Packwood in that time, so I’m not sure how I’ve missed it !


And I have to say, it’s really delightful. Whoever has been responsible for its redevelopment has a great eye for detail, and even visiting in mid February there was so much to see.

There is good basic structure in the form of compacted earth paths , box hedges and pergolas.



They have retained a couple of ancient fruit trees and planted many new ones – step over and espaliered against the old walls.


Children will be delighted with the beautiful wendy house and teddy bears picnic.


Despite the lack of vegetables, there’s much to catch the eye.

Beautiful original cloches sheltering small lettuce.


Terracotta rhubarb forcers keeping the rhubarb crowns in the dark to produce delicate pink stems.


A jaunty scarecrow to keep off the pigeons.


A dipping pond, currently covered, but in the summer apparently they encourage the kids to dip small watering cans in and to water the garden – child labour !!


An auricula theatre awaiting its treasures in a few months time.


Plenty of bug hotels to encourage the good insects – not sure how they keep out the less welcome ones !


Mole deterrent ! Very Heath Robinson !


I can’t wait to return in a few months time to see all the vegetables in place.



One Response to “The Kitchen Garden at Packwood House”

  1. Bren Boardman (@thesunthemoonme) February 20, 2015 at 8:21 am #

    Oh, I’m inspired to visit! Just taken on an allotment so keen to get lots of ideas.

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