The Culinary Garden

Growing fruit and vegetables in ornamental gardens evolved in the monastery gardens and castle gardens of Medieval England and Europe.

Then wealthy landowners followed, growing food gardens that became works of art, gardens like Villaindry in France and Barnsley House in England, where edible gardens were subjected to elaborate, strictly symmetrical geometrical arrangements.

These garden traditions were originally influenced by the horticultural and botanical writings of the Roman scholar Pliny (Ad 23 – AD 79), who wrote 37 encyclopaedias on natural history, the first encyclopaedia set on biology, zoology, anatomy, and botany written in the Western world.

Brad and Leigh’s garden is a semi-formal edible garden, with espaliered fruit trees and perennials in the front garden, and vegetable gardens at the back. It’s a modern version of traditional decorative gardening that stretches back thousands of years into antiquity.

A combination of art and practicality the garden has 60 fruit trees including 24 espaliered apples and pears. The vegetable garden is organic as nothing is sprayed and they use their own compost.

Any professional chef will tell you nothing beats the taste of fresh organic produce. Grow your own not only has monetary benefits, home grown fruit and vegetables reacquaint the tastebuds with beautiful flavours only freshly harvested food has. Chefs know food cooked within minutes of being picked or dug carries a taste unlike anything you will taste from any shop or restaurant. A taste money can’t buy that only nature can give you.

If you’re interested in vegetable gardening or fruit gardens with exciting challenging designs, or would like to meet owners who experiment with decorative edible gardening, Brad and Leigh welcome you to visit their garden, , to enjoy their educational edible garden where horticultural expertise is evident.