The Governor's Kitchen Garden at Walmer Castle

Although it is likely that fruit and vegetables have been grown at Walmer for at least 300 years from when it was a garrison, the kitchen garden, as you see it now, dates back to 1725.

Pears growing in espaliered tiers in the Kitchen Garden at Walmer Castle

Pears growing in espaliered tiers in the Kitchen Garden

Within the box-edged beds a wide variety of unusual ornamental fruit and vegetables are grown overhung with old traditional varieties of apples and pears grown in espaliered tiers. Cut flowers like Sweet Williams, dahlias and Cosmos are planted alongside the leeks and onions and are still used for decoration inside the castle.

The Kitchen Garden and greenhouse in early spring at Walmer Castle

The Kitchen Garden and greenhouse in early spring
© Derek St Romaine /Source: English Heritage

It looks at its best in spring when the blossom on the fruit trees is out, resembling snow banked on the naked branches, and then in late summer when the whole garden is bursting with ripening produce.

The Kitchen Garden at Walmer Castle in summer

The Kitchen Garden in summer

Along one wall are the glasshouses used for growing a wide variety of plants with distinctive leaves, forms and fragrances such as scented pelargoniums and succulent aeoniums.

 

A collection of ornamental plants in the glasshouses at Walmer Castle

A collection of ornamental plants in the glasshouses

 

 

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