Friday, April 13, 2012

Kitchen Garden at Standen

We saw a wonderful Arts and Crafts house while in Brighton. Now owned by the National Trust, the house, Standen, was designed by Philip Webb and decorated by William Morris and other artists in his circle. The house was wonderfully liveable, but it was the Kitchen Garden that was my favorite part of the day. The gardens of National Trust properties are always full of wonderful ideas, but this was great, even for them. And the cafe at Standen uses the produce for it's menu, which is another very nice thing about National Trust properties.

This first picture gives a sense of the size of the kitchen garden and you can see that it was entirely enclosed by a hedge, with a gate at least 3 of the 4 sides.

Among the many delights of the garden are the old espaliered fruit trees, which function almost as architecture in the garden.

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