Tatton's Walled Kitchen Garden
Historic House / Palace
Tel: 01625 534 435
Tatton’s gardens are open every day except Mondays in low season. Entry charges apply.
Tatton’s walled kitchen gardens were the powerhouse to the estate and would have been in constant production providing food for the family, guests and workers. There is evidence of walled gardens on or near the current garden since 1750. The walled gardens have recently undergone extensive restoration including all the ancillary buildings. From mushroom sheds and onion stores to barns and glasshouses, all have been restored to their former use.
Today even the cultivation techniques along with the original varieties of vegetables and fruit reflect an almost-forgotten era. Significantly this area is not just ‘a garden’ but also a testing-ground for the conservation and practical use of traditional skills.
The vegetable garden is used for growing varieties of plant known to be cultivated at Tatton during the Edwardian era such as 'Scarlet Emperor' runner beans, 'Fat Lazy Blonde' lettuce and 'British Queen' potatoes. Likewise the walled orchard contains varieties of fruit not only of the period but also those which we know to have been grown in Cheshire during the Edwardian period. Apples, pears, plums, gages and cherries are all present here in various forms, including the apple varieties 'Charles Ross', 'Rival' and 'Renown' and a large variety of northern and Cheshire cultivars. Produce can be admired not only in the garden itself, but can also be purchased (when in season), at the garden shop.
|Tatton's Gardens are open everyday except Mondays in low season. Entry charges apply. (01/01/2012 - 31/12/2014)|