Stroll in Attingham's Walled Garden
Things might look slightly different to normal, but you can still potter around our lovingly restored walled garden which is open from 9am as part of a pre-booked visit. Over the past decade we've been bringing this important part of the estate back to life, and production. Originally created in the 1780s; after falling into disrepair, and having different uses in the 20th century, this Georgian kitchen garden is both beautiful and bountiful today.
Since the 1990s we've been planning and working on the restoration of Attingham's Walled Garden and Orchard. From flowers in the Mansion to the produce usually being used in recipes in the Cafe and Tearoom, it now, once again supplies the estate all year round. You can even take a little bit of the Walled Garden back home with you as we sell freshly harvested produce in the Stables Shop.
Admire the blooms in the borders and chat to the team about their tasks as they work. Our team of gardeners are happy to talk to you about the history of the Walled Garden and tell you more about our current garden projects.
A garden for all seasons
Spring is an important time of year in the garden as it’s when we start seeds off early in the glasshouses. We prepare the vegetable beds for planting and sow annual cut flowers for our raised hazel beds. As the weather warms, we transplant seedlings into the main garden, constantly weeding as everything starts to grow. In Spring 2020 we had to significantly reduce the amount of vegetables we could produce due to the number of gardeners and volunteer teams able to work in the Walled Garden at Attingham.
The main task during the summer is usually to harvest our produce to use in the cafe and shop. We need to water the salad crops in the glasshouses (melons, tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines and chillies), as well as pruning our various fruit trees. Of course, the grass also needs constant mowing and edging. In 2020 it's taking us time to catch up with all these jobs.
September, October and November usually see the continuing harvesting of our produce for the cafe and shop. We also begin clearing the main vegetable and frameyard beds as plants die back. The orchard needs harvesting, as 37 varieties of apple require picking, pressing and juicing.
Towards the end of the year we start digging new beds ready for the following year. We replenish the soil in our glasshouse beds and prune the apple trees in the orchard. Pots need cleaning, labels need sorting and seeds have to be ordered as we prepare for the coming spring, and our yearly cycle starts over again.
Step into the Bothy
Historically the home of the unmarried gardeners, step into the Bothy and discover more about the Walled Garden's restoration. On cooler days you'll find a roaring fire warming this cosy space.
Take a taste of the Walled Garden home
Our seasonal fresh produce is on sale in our shop for you to enjoy at home but please be aware that in 2020 due to Covid-19, our gardening team was much reduced along with the amount of fruit and vegetables that we could grow. Usually the Carriage House Café is also supplied with fruit and vegetables from the Walled Garden to use in seasonal recipes– but during 2020 we have had to reduce our food offer, limiting what we can use from the garden.
Marking 10 years of restoration in the Walled Garden
Work on restoring the Walled Garden as a production garden began in 2008. Find out more about the work we've done so far, and what we're working on next.