Orchard and Vegetable Garden
Visitors enter the Bateman's gardens through the Orchard and Vegetable Garden and are met with a sweeping view towards the soft sandstone house sitting beautifully within the garden and the valley beyond.
The Orchard contains a nice mixture of apples, pears, plums, quince, medlar, crab apples and a black mulberry tree.
The oldest fruit tree was the apple ‘Beauty of Bath’ (bottom corner by the herb border), which was planted during Kipling’s time, but which finally died in 2014. Before it failed, cuttings were taken to graft on to a new root stock.
The Orchard is divided by a hedge of heavenly smelling Rosa rugosa bearing giants hips in autumn.
Along the west-facing wall is a cutting border, providing flowers and foliage for our floral displays in the house.
The Vegetable Garden is a remnant from WWII when much this part of the garden was dug over and made productive to feed hungry mouths. Now it's hungry visitors the garden feeds and who can enjoy the bountiful harvest. We send as much as we can to the Tea-room but there's often a glut so look out for the produce stall by the greenhouse, for some fresh bargains.
All the vegetables and flowers are grown from seed in the small greenhouse and cold frames, providing fresh vegetables and salad and herbs for the tea-room.