Oxburgh's attractive and prolific kitchen garden

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The present kitchen garden reflects in miniature the layout of the original Victorian walled garden.

After many years of neglect, when priority had to be given to other areas of the garden, Oxburgh's head gardener began to clear the kitchen garden in 1989.

Over the next few years he planted up the area next to the tool shed with a selection of vegetables and surrounded the beds with box hedging.

These days the kitchen garden is full of plants. On the walls are trained apples, peaches, plums and gages and Oxburgh's record-breaking sunflowers.

In the spring beds tulips and wallflowers are followed by vegetables like runner beans and chard. Later in the year dahlias fill one side and strawberries tempt the visiting birds - and people! 

The tea-room staff often use produce from here for their menu and the flower arrangers too raid the flower beds to produce displays for the house.

Most of the plants are grown from heritage seeds and there are sometimes unusual plants on show, for example cardoon, scorzonera and woad.

Oxburgh's kitchen garden is popular with visitors, who like to compare the progress of the produce with their own efforts.

Dominating the northern wall is the Victorian glasshouse, completely rebuilt in 2010 by volunteers and opened just in time to protect the tender plants for the winter.