From garden to café
The Fetherston family of Packwood were gentleman farmers who were wealthy enough to farm for pleasure as well as income. Our aim at Packwood has been to re-create what was a vital part of the Fetherston family's self-sufficient home here in the 1700s.
Pretty and practical
In the 1700s kitchen gardens weren’t yet the large-scale operations they would become under the Victorians. These gardens were a combination of beauty and commodity, humble in scale but designed to be enjoyed, not hidden from sight. With immaculate pathways, dipping pools and shady benches to sit and relax the Fetherstons would have enjoyed the sights, sounds and smells of their delightful kitchen garden.
Quality over quantity
Kitchen gardens provided abundant resources including less familiar herbs and flowers which grew amongst the vegetables. These herbs and flowers were used as flavourings and dyes, sedatives and disinfectants and also medicine for people and animals alike.
More than just a vegetable plot
Taking our inspiration from a survey of the house carried out in 1723 the team at Packwood took the opportunity to regenerate this forgotten area of Packwood’s gardens. We aim to blend traditional practices of producing fresh, home-grown food which is often used in the Garden Kitchen Café with encouraging biodiversity and experimenting with new exotic plants.
Over the last few years the café has used a variety of produce from the garden in lots of delicious recipes. These have included pumpkin cheesecake, blackcurrant coconut slices and rhubarb and almond traybake in the autumn as well as parsnip cake, mulberry cake and plum custard cake in the late summer months.