The Victorian kitchen garden at The Workhouse

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The recreated Victorian kitchen garden at The Workhouse offers a taste of Victorian England. See spectacular produce growing, ask our Garden Guides about the different varieties or just enjoy some quiet time wandering between the plant beds.

Historic varieties

The recreated vegetable garden gives a flavour of the crops once grown here. Run almost completely by volunteers, we grow potatoes and other root vegetables, gooseberries, rhubarb, leeks and of course, being in Southwell, we have several Bramley apple trees.

Fascinating flavours

There are over 100 varieties of fruit and vegetable, some which are familiar and some of which are not.

Have you ever tried Highland Burgundy Potatoes, which make pink mash? How about Salad Blue, for turquoise potato salad. The Tender and True parnsip lives up to its' name whilst Majestic Squash are grown: Turks Turban and Crown Prince. A highlight of spring is the picking of our regal rhubarb - Victoria and Albert.

Learning and discovery

Every Wednesday Garden Guides are on hand to introduce you to the different varieties and tell you about the latest plans and work. Children can have a go with our garden trail and pick up a garden goody bag.

We are a proud supporter of the National Gardens Scheme and open to its members every year.

Take it home

All produce is available to buy, as it comes into season, in our reception shop.