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March 15, 2012 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Sugnall Walled Kitchen Gardens

As I described on 5 March, we’re thinking of bringing the Apley Walled Kitchen Garden back into use, growing old or unusual vegetables for Apley Farm Shop & the Creamery Café.

David Jacques, a Staffordshire garden historian & his gardener wife Karen, very kindly showed us round Sugnall Walled Kitchen Garden which they’ve very carefully restored, creating a wonderful destination for a super day out. When you enter the gardens, they look as they did in 1737 when Lord Glenorchy first created the gardens. They’ve cleverly planted dwarf pyramid fruit trees, each producing its fruit in chronological order, so there’s always a plentiful supply but not too many at once.

The 2 acre gardens are divided into 4 quarters separated by lavender lined paths. An Indian Party tent will be put up for 6 months of the year, allowing guests to admire the gardens when lit up, on warm summer evenings. The unusual varieties of salad leaves & salad potatoes are planted in a different pattern of beds every year. Last year the formation was a Union Jack.

Having walked round the garden itself, you can enjoy quiche, cake & teas in their pretty tea room, where they sell garden related gifts & cards. It’s open Easter to Sept, Wednesday to Sunday – what a great day out !

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