The walled garden at Hughenden
The south facing aspect of Hughenden’s walled garden means less hardy plants thrive here. Set on a gentle slope, the angle is a unique feature of the garden; even in cooler seasons the heat rises up the slope creating a warmer climate and a ‘frost gate’ in the bottom corner allows the cold air to escape.
The walled garden was vital to support the running of the country estate. Growing a great range of produce, with companion planting to supply the Manor house with flowers through the summer, it has been productive for almost 200 years.
Planting for pleasure
Based on planting found in the Victorian period, the walled garden features fruit trees, vegetable plots and herbaceous borders. There are three active vegetable beds and one resting bed to allow for crop rotation.
The shelter from the walls creates the perfect microclimate that allows our gardeners to grow soft fruit successfully. Trained against the sunniest wall are apricot and fig and in a sheltered corner are pear trees, a quince and an old traditional English damson plum, the Aylesbury prune.
Our small cherry orchard features seven trees and our more extensive apple orchards include 47 varieties of old English apples. In autumn, the trees droop under the weight of the fruit and our garden team is kept busy supporting the heaviest branches with wooden stakes. In winter the trees are pruned to keep their shape and help with production.
Experts on hand
Our volunteer gardeners are on hand to offer fascinating insights into the history of the gardens and they’re experts at plant identification too. They have useful tips on planting and great advice on growing your own produce so please do stop and chat.