In Victorian times, the kitchen garden at Dorney Court produced huge amounts of food, flowers and herbs for the main residence. In an age before heated greenhouses, the brick walls provided shelter and warmth allowing the growth of exotic fruits and vegetables such as peaches, grapes and pineapples. Dorney is renowned for growing the first pineapple in this country which was then presented to King Charles II by head gardener John Rose.
During industrialisation, there was less of a need for walled gardens. However in 2011 we decided to breathe life back into the kitchen garden and our team of landscapers created the unique garden we have today.
There are four herb beds; Tudoresque, Medicinal, Aromatic and Culinary. We are currently growing a variety of vegetables including tomatoes, courgettes, potatoes to the more unusual celeriac, kohlrabi and globe artichoke.
The walled garden provides a central focus to the activities at Dorney Court. We believe it is important to be able to see our plants growing naturally and to be able to taste the produce. Our team of experienced and highly qualified horticulturalists are on hand to provide advice and design ideas which can be translated to your own garden.
Here is a sample list of some of the plants we are currently growing; feel free to suggest any new varieties you would like to see growing.
Herbs: View our Herb Plant List
We're always looking for volunteers who would like to help us maintain our Kitchen Garden, so please do get in touch if this is of interest to you. Thank you.