The new herb border at Quebec House

Newly planted Betony in the Quebec House gardens

Our garden team has been hard at work in the garden of Quebec House, working on bringing a small bit of history to life.

Following the centenary of the property being entrusted into the care of the National Trust last year there were some changes made to the garden. We're working through the borders to refresh them with new stock to reflect the style and vegetation of an 18th century garden.

One of the areas our gardeners are working on is the creation of a brand new herb border alongside the Coach House, planted with all sorts of different herbs from Lavender to Lungwort.

These would have been a common feature in the 18th century when James Wolfe was growing up here and one we wanted to bring back to Quebec House today.

Spring

In spring 2019, the herbs were planted and soon growing well in the spring air, ready for our visitors to see on a visit to Quebec House.

Still young, they didn’t yet fully look like what we might recognise but were soon growing up fast under the care of our garden team and volunteers.

The very start of our new herb border!
Early Lavender grown in a herb border at Quebec House
The very start of our new herb border!

Summer

By summer, under the spring rains and summer sunshine, the herbs grew fast, soon filling out the border.

We also brought in some brand new signs for the herbs to help identify what you can now see. You can also read all about the history of what we have growing here and how some of them could have been used as well as just as tasty additions to meals.

Did you know, although we mainly use oregano in our cooking today, it was once thought that chewing the leaves could help relieve a toothache and cure ailments such as rheumatism, coughing fits and indigestion!

Did you know chives were introduced by the Romans?
Herbs growing in the herb border at Quebec House such as chives
Did you know chives were introduced by the Romans?

Why not see how many you can identify by sight and smell without looking at the labels? Do you still use any of these herbs in your own cooking?

Keep checking back in to watch them grow!