The kitchen garden was designed to provide a continual supply not only of fruit, flowers and vegetables, but also of plants that had medicinal and veterinary uses, plants for flavouring food and drink, and those providing dyes, perfumes, narcotics, disinfectants, poisons and pesticides. With the aid of heated glasshouses, there would be out-of-season delicies such as strawberries for Christmas, exotic tropical fruits, and even figs and grapes. Once found in the grounds of most large country houses in Britain and Ireland, many have sadly fallen into disuse and ruin. Their remains can still be seen, however: some have been converted to other uses, others simply abandoned, while a few have been restored to their former glory and productiveness. This highly illustrated book explores a horticultural history spanning hundreds of years, and provides an extensive gazetteer of kitchen gardens that can still be visited today.
About the Author
Susan Campbell is a consultant and lecturer on walled kitchen gardens, having researched their history for many years. She has visited more than five hundred gardens and written many books on the subject, including A History of Kitchen Gardens.
Table of Contents
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.