Jules Hudson at Blickling

Join us in the walled garden on Wednesday 6 June from 1pm - 3pm for an exclusive book signing with author, archaeologist and television presenter, Jules Hudson.

Best known for presenting the BBC series Escape to the Country, Jules Hudson has written a fascinating insight into the walled gardens of the National Trust that features Blickling's recently restored, 1930s kitchen garden. 

" A book that celebrates so beautifully what every gardener dreams about. "
- Alan Titchmarsh

For centuries, walled gardens have been successful systems for providing fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers and other produce for large country houses.

Beginning as primitive vegetable patches, over time walled gardens became desirable status symbols and centres for horticultural knowledge.

During the twentieth century walled gardens began to struggle due to other methods for growing produce overtaking in popularity and advanced mass production. As a result, many were abandoned and so were the skills and expertise used to keep them.  

However, in contemporary society we are re-establishing the importance of these ingenious, horticultural structures and today we celebrate the revival of magnificent walled gardens, as we once again appreciate their true value and infrastructure. 

Thanks to your support the garden has been restored to its former glory
Walled garden at Blickling
Thanks to your support the garden has been restored to its former glory

Jules Hudson brings his infectious enthusiasm for gardens and social history to this beautifully illustrated book. Working with a rich and colourful cast of gardeners and owners, he discovers the features that define our greatest walled kitchen gardens, providing an invaluable template for those many other examples that still await restoration.

" A great starting point for anyone planning to take on their own restoration project."
- The Sunday Times

From Churchill's hand-built walled garden at Chartwell in Kent to Blickling Estate's recently restored 1930s kitchen garden in Norfolk, Jules Hudson's book is the perfect guide for anyone who has a fascination for unique, historical places.

" A collection that will inspire anyone with gardening aspirations!"
- The English Garden magazine
An abundance of produce in the walled garden
Mike Owers sitting among rows of strawberry plants
An abundance of produce in the walled garden

Come along, collect your signed copy and enjoy experiencing Blickling's beautiful walled garden. You might even get a chance to sample some of its delicious, seasonal produce. 

By visiting us, you're directly supporting the garden's development and vital, ongoing conservation work across Blickling Estate. Thank you.