From plot to plate in the North East
Growing food to eat or herbs to season a dish is often one of the most satisfying things to do in the garden. If visiting a garden you can compare how your crop is growing, and better still get to sample some of the in-season harvest. Here's a few places in the North East where you can find kitchen gardens or other areas dedicated to edible crops and herbs.
Part of the extensive gardens at Cragside includes a range of pot plants in the Orchard House. These contain a host of fruit trees including figs, grapes, mulberries and oranges. Each pot sits on a turntable which allows the pots to be turned to ensure even ripening and growth.
The 20th century formal gardens of Seaton Delaval Hall are set in an 18th century landscape. There are many features over the 50 acre site including an orchard full of fruit and community kitchen garden and allotment range.
Recent developments in the Gibside garden means this 4 acre plot can now be developed and in parts restored to its original use. Currently growing in this sheltered spot are a good range of flowers, plots and vineries. Today fruit and vegetables grown in the Walled Garden are served in the cafe.
The series of small contrasting gardens in the 2 acres at Washington Old Hall includes a relatively new apple orchard replanted with British native apples in the orchard house garden. There is also small allotment style raised bed area used to grow vegetables with school and community groups.