Jemima’s Kitchen Garden
Cooking up lush ingredients for your plate
For the next few months, our Head Gardener, Tash Geldenhuys, and our Gardens Supervisor, Abby Evans, along with their team will be hard at work in our Walled Garden, creating the completely new ‘Jemima’s Kitchen Garden’. By summer, as well as looking wildly beautiful, it will provide endless homegrown fruit, veg and herbs for our chefs. In fact, the new garden is a collaboration between our gardeners and chefs, ensuring we grow as much of our own produce as possible. The new design is also more bee-friendly and works with nature. Tash explains more.
“Growing the healthiest, freshest, tastiest food goes hand in hand with creating the best conditions for wildlife. Pollinating bees and other insects and natural predators can flourish as a natural biological control for pests, just as nature designed them to be. Providing our own food – traveling just the short distance from here to our kitchens – means our restaurants can serve seasonal food of the highest quality.”
The spectacular design by Tash and Abby will transform this corner of the Walled Garden. Four quadrants will include aesthetic features such as an amphitheatre sitting area for guests, trailing hops for our beer and a flow bee hive for honey on tap. South-facing fig trees will provide shade for ponds in funky copper baths, and these will be teeming with watercress, water mint, Lotus and Arrowheads and provide a home for dragonflies and frogs for controlling pests.
Loose, informal vegetable planting among edible, medicinal and herbal plants will create a natural free-flowing look and deter pests such as pigeons. The planting will be rich with pollen with varieties of edible flowers, towering artichokes among delicate thymes and vegetables… a living jigsaw with interactions of wildlife to keep everything in balance.
In keeping with the permaculture ethos, Tash, Abby and their team will restrain from cutting down the gradual decline of plants, providing a more beautiful frosted look and safe overwintering for our predator friends. The leaf fall will also nourish the soil for next year’s produce. Permaculture may be a relatively new term but it’s actually the ancient, natural method of growing produce.
It’s going to be wonderful. We can’t wait to see it grow.
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See how we use home grown botanicals in cocktails in The Glasshouse Bar.