This is quite a late posting but I just have to mention this little gem of a place I visited earlier in the year.
In March I visited Rode Hall in Cheshire. It's quietly tucked away in the country but a real treat if you manage to get there early in the year for the snowdrops.
Now I have to admit that I'm not really into flowers just yet. (Apart from sunflowers) For me it's all about eating what you grow but it was a really fabulous place to visit and the kitchen garden really caught my eye. I don't know how many people look after the gardens but everything looked so neat that I'm sure there must be an army of gardeners at hand?! There were onions hanging from the previous years crop and the rhubarb was incredibly early and luminous pink. The ground was freshly turned with crumbly, chocolate-like soil and the greenhouses were full of freshly potted plants ready to go out in spring. The amount of space they had allocated for just kitchen gardening was immense. (2 Acres apparently!) There is even a tiddly little house on the site of the kitchen garden for a
knome gardener to live in. It just oozed quintessential English kitchen gardens from the Victorian era. Lovely.
You can find out more about Rode Hall on their website. www.rodehall.co.uk
Can't wait to go back in the summer!
Kitchen Garden (So much space!!)
Italian Walled Garden