Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall to open Orchard House at The Guernsey Botanical Trust

July 18th, 2012 by Richard Lord

The Guernsey Botanical Trust‘s Victorian walled kitchen garden in Saumarez Park, Castel has been developed by volunteers.

The magnificent new Orchard House at the walled Victorian kitchen garden at Saumarez Park, which is to the right of the Lemon House (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Orchard house has built with the help of a generous donation from State Street. It extends the kitchen garden’s area under glass considerably, and supplements the original Lemon House.

The new Orchard House on the right which will be officially opened by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall on 19 July 2012 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Volunteers plant crop varieties known from the Victorian era. They use heritage or hierloom seeds were possible and appropriate. They also use the environmentally friendly elements of Victorian gardening.

The interior of Orchard House on 8 July 2012 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

All the cultivation is organic with no use of inorganic fertilizers, because inorganic fertilisers were not available during Queen Victoria’s reign.

The well laid-out walled Victorian kitchen garden with Saumarez Manor in the background (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The garden was used in Victorian times to feed the residents of Saumarez Park Manor.

red chard and Guernsey chives with Calendula in the background growing on 8 July 2012 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Calendula or pot marigolds are used as a garnish and flavouring in soup.  Guernsey chives are perennial plants.

Sweet peas in the walled Victorian kitchen garden (click image to expand - ©RLLord)


Guernsey Botanical Trust volunteers planted five different kinds of Dianthus Pinks (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

According to The Guernsey Botanical Trust‘s ‘Garden Gossip‘ newsletter, volunteers planted five different varities of Dianthus Pinks in plug form along the fruit border to the north of the Family door. The varieties were ‘Fair Folly’, ‘Musgrave’s Pink’, ‘Unique’, ‘Old Square Eyes’, and ‘Elizabethan Pink’.


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