Our work in the garden at Knightshayes
In the one-hectare (2.5 acre) Victorian walled kitchen garden at Knightshayes are a vast collection of heritage seeds, including 102 varieties of heritage tomatoes. The garden team aim to work in the spirit of the Victorians, embracing innovation and new varieties whilst still looking to preserve our vegetable-growing history.
Maintaining Knightshayes's kitchen garden
The kitchen garden is a large-scale, productive and organically cultivated garden. As such, it takes the dedication of a strong team of staff and volunteers to keep it thriving.
Kitchen gardeners enjoy working with a large team of enthusiastic volunteers. You’ll see the team out in the garden throughout the year, so say hello.
Harvesting homegrown produce
Unusually for a restored garden, all the produce grown is harvested and used. Despite its ornamental presentation, it’s a working kitchen garden and the fruit and vegetables grown supply the local Pannier Market in Tiverton for around seven months of the year.
Growing our own loofahs
From May to October head to the kitchen garden to see the crop of loofahs growing under shelter, ready to be harvested at the start of November.
First grown in 2019, this successful crop has helped reduce the use of plastic sponges across Knightshayes and are easy to grow at home as long as you have a greenhouse or poly-tunnel to ensure the fruits ripen fully.
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Step into the formal and woodland garden at Knightshayes in Tiverton, Devon, which is divided into eight separate areas plus a walled kitchen garden.
Discover the ground floor of house at National Trust’s Knightshayes. See the details behind architect William Burges's gothic façade and a portrait that may be by Rembrandt.
There are acres of parkland to discover at Knightshayes. It's a great place for the whole family to explore with room to roam with plenty of hidden corners to discover.
Grab a bite to eat and drink in the Stables Café, or browse the range of goods in our shop. You'll find all the details here.
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