This C19 Walled Kitchen Garden, reawakened in 1995 is a peaceful oasis near the centre of Worcester. A tapestry of culinary and medicinal herbs, fruit of all sorts including medlar, mulberry and quince, vegetables and flowers are all grown organically. History is at the centre of the rescue and evolution of this enclosed garden. Featured in Kitchen Garden magazine.
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Close to Worcester City centre, this 1/2 acre 19th century kitchen garden was purchased twenty one years ago by Julia and William Scott. It was totally overgrown with the usual weedy combination of brambles, nettles, ground elder and bindweed amongst mature but dead trees. Peeping out around the perimeter of this dense jungle were old but still fruiting pear, plum and apple trees as well as a hazel walk well over 120 years old. Hidden within the jungle were the remains of an astronomical observatory and a 75 feet Victorian vinery.. The first section of this has been restored and the original vine retrained into fruiting life. Using the surprisingly accurate 1886 O.S. plan the garden is now reclaimed with a structured series of paths and growing areas as well as some recent additions including a long hornbeam hedge and a formal pond and water reservoir.This area is surrounded by pleached limes. Seating areas offer varied views across the garden. The garden is a developing and ever-changing series of herb gardens, flower gardens and fruit growing areas. The various herb gardens contain both common and uncommon herbs. Yet more herbs grow amongst the vegetables, and in the flower gardens in companionship with the annual and perennial flowers. The Walled Garden has been featured on Rick Stein's BBC Fresh Foods, Gardeners' World with Monty Don and The Flying Gardener with Chris Beardshaw. Tha garden has featured in various publications including the September 1999 issue of the RHS Journal, The Garden and Cotswold Life and Kitchen Garden magazine. It is a centre for the study of herbs and organic gardening and a haven for wildlife in the middle of the historic city.