Summer in Clumber Park's walled kitchen garden

A view along a path to the Glasshouse in the walled kitchen garden

Spanning four acres, the 18th century walled kitchen garden is home to magnificent 400ft double herbaceous borders, producing spectacular year-round colour.

When we think of walled kitchen gardens, we naturally first think of edible plants - vegetables, fruits and herbs. But kitchen gardens of the past also produced decorative plants, including cut flowers, which would have been used for button holes and corsages, but mainly to decorate the Clumber mansion, which was demolished in 1938.

Clumber’s rose garden includes over 40 varieties, all introduced before the 1920s. 

The newly restored palm house at Clumber Park
Palm House
The newly restored palm house at Clumber Park


Most have a glorious perfume and the walls of the kitchen garden trap their scent. The borders are planted in red, white and blue which are the Newcastle family colours and roses are combined with bulbs, annuals and herbaceous perennials to provide interest from spring right through to autumn.  

Tulip borders in the walled kitchen garden
Tulip borders in the walled kitchen garden
Tulip borders in the walled kitchen garden

There is usually a selection of sweet peas in the rose garden, grown both for garden decoration and for cut flowers, including the modern “Spencer” varieties with frilly edges to their petals and the older “grandifloras”, raised in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Late summer colours at Clumber
Pink flowers outside the glasshouse at Clumber Park
Late summer colours at Clumber

There are also beautiful orchards situated within the Walled Kitchen Garden where you can relax, unwind and picnic too. 

The apple orchard at Clumber Park
The apple orchard at Clumber Park
The apple orchard at Clumber Park