14th and 15th October 2022 Retrospective and Renaissance – a Revival of the Walled Kitchen Garden To celebrate this 21st anniversary of the Walled Kitchen Gardens Network we will be looking at the extraordinary revival of walled kitchen gardens over the last 20-30 years,  to future opportunities and the amazing work in gardens brought back to life as productive gardens. In 2000, the kitchen gardens at Audley End were reopened to the public by English Heritage after extensive restoration work, and are renowned as one of the best examples of a working historic walled kitchen garden. We are returning to the gardens, 20 years after the first WKGN Forum held there in… Read more »

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The Symposium at Chambord at the end of June was an outstanding success bringing together Gardeners, Owners, Designers and Historians to mix and share their knowledge and skills. The proceedings of this get-together as well as the slides, videos and text of the 8 previous online presentations are now available at https://potagershistoriqueshistorickitchengardens.eu We plan to hold another European Symposium in 2024, venue to be decided.

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We are delighted to invite you to our annual Open Day  in Gilmerton House Kitchen Garden. We will be open on Sunday 4th September from 12 noon to 4 pm. Come and see the garden at its best and purchase some flowers and other produce, for a donation to the garden. As always, entrance is free but you will have the opportunity to buy raffle tickets with a number of valuable prizes up for grabs (including afternoon tea for 10 people in Gilmerton House). What else is on offer? Well there will be:An exhibition and demonstration of willow weaving and a chance to buy some woven products.The opportunity to find out all… Read more »

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14th and 15th October 2022 A Retrospective – the Renaissance and Revival of the Walled Kitchen Garden Dear Friends Booking is open! We are very happy to confirm the dates for our long overdue Forum at the wonderful walled kitchen garden at Audley End, Saffron Walden in Essex, a jewel of the English Heritage crown This time we are meeting on Friday and Saturday – on Friday 14th Oct. we will be at Audley End, Head Gardener Louise Ellis and the Kitchen Gardens team with us for the day. We will be visiting other walled gardens on Saturday 15th Oct. To celebrate this 21st anniversary of the Walled Kitchen Gardens… Read more »

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YES, AFTER A DELAY OF 2 YEARS WE’RE BACK! When looking at what we posted back then we realised that it just needed a few adjustments As you will have read we are returning, by invitation, to Audley End for our Forum this year, to help celebrate the 20th (make that 22nd) anniversary of reopening of the walled kitchen gardens in 2000, following the extensive restoration by English Heritage of the kitchen garden and glasshouses. It is now also 19 years (21 years of course) since the foundation of the Walled Kitchen Gardens Network by Susan Campbell with the late Fiona Grant. The first WKGN Forum was held at Audley… Read more »

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The Eurostar can get you from London to Chambord (change in Paris) in just 4 hours of travelling time. Why not take a break and hire a car to explore the fabulous countryside after or before the meeting? Or take the ferry from Portsmouth to do a little wine tasting and replenish your wine racks, we will after all be visiting Chateau Valmer and their prize winning wines are well known in the Vouvray region. A cheaper and slower way to go is to take the bus from Liverpool Street station in London to Paris and then the train to Blois-Chambord. My Trainline app shows fares from around £30 per… Read more »

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Dear Friends Now fully into the new year, there are clear signs that spring isn’t too far away. Peaches, apricots and camellias are starting to flower in glasshouses; snowdrops, cyclamen and hellebores are being celebrated at festivals and open gardens from Cornwall to the highlands of Scotland. The winter months have been far busier than we would expect – the zoom legacy of the last (nearly) two years have enabled many more people to become involved in talks, meetings and conferences such as the Chambord Conversations that wouldn’t have been previously accessible for most. (More information below). We hope you haven’t been too affected by the recent storms, and have… Read more »

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