Event compares kitchen gardens

Last month's Walled Kitchen Gardens Network forum at Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, was the first to have an international theme. It aimed to explore historical and horticultural links between kitchen gardens in the UK and in Europe.

Speakers included Flemish Institute parks and gardens heritage researcher Herman van den Bossche, who talked about the museum garden at Gaasbeek Castle, where traditional crops and methods of horticulture are preserved.

Dr Kristin Puttmann, a freelance art historian from Germany, demonstrated in her talk that the walled kitchen garden in Germany owes much to British models. Puttmann used the examples of the castles of Eutin and Oldenburg, where English landscape gardens were adopted.

Todd Longstaffe Gowan, gardens adviser to the Historic Royal Palaces, traced the history of King's Kitchen Garden in the context of the larger Hampton Court estate. He and Jill Strudwick, keeper of the Vine at Hampton Court, then showed delegates recent work at the palace garden.


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