The Glorious Victorian walled kitchen garden at Saumarez park

September 25th, 2010 by Richard Lord

The Guernsey Botanical Trust’s Victorian walled kitchen garden in Saumarez Park with its own micro-climate produces a wide variety of garden vegetables, and flowers that are suitable for display in the home.  The garden attracts wildlife.  The Guernsey Botanical Trust’s vision is to recreate the garden that existed over one hundred years ago.  Volunteer gardeners use seaweed to nourish the soil.  Inorganic fertilisers are not used as they were not used by the Victorians.  The Victorians used nicotine to kill pests but this cannot be used today because of its toxicity.

The Lemon Aid Festival was held on 25 September 2010 to celebrate the opening of the new Lemon glasshouse. This glasshouse by Michael and John Brouard is the fourth on the site.  It is a replica of the first glasshouse erected on this site in the early 1830s.

The Lemon House which replicates the original glasshouse built on this site in the early 1830s. (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

A lemon tree in the restored lemon house in the Victorian walled kitchen garden in Saumarez Park run by the Guernsey Botanical Trust (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

A variety of pumpkin grown during Victorian times (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

A view of Guernsey Botanical Trust's Victorian kitchen garden looking south-east (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Victorian varieties of marrows, squashes and pumpkins harvested at the Victorian walled kitchen garden at Saumarez Park, Guernsey (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

A bountiful harvest of marrows and pumpkins (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The walled kitchen garden provides a sheltered warm micro-climate (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Luxuriant spinach growing in the Victorian walled kitchen garden (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Chard growing in the Victorian walled kitchen garden in Saumarez Park (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Cosmos bipinnatus growing in the cut-flower section of the Victorian walled kitchen garden (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

A hardy annual, Chrysanthemum carinatum, used for cut flowers for the house (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Flowers in the Victorian walled kitchen garden on 31 August 2010 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The eastern wall of the Victorian walled kitchen garden is a perfect suntrap for growing sunflowers (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

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