19 August 2013
Walled Kitchen Gardens
I have been thinking of walled kitchen gardens recently after reading about the Barley Wood Walled Garden, home to the The Ethicurean, whose new cookbook is the best of the best this year. Walled kitchen gardens run the gamut from the largess of the nobility, to the practicality of the Yankee farmer.
Typically a walled garden ranged from about and acre to 15 acres, but occasionally they were much more elaborate. The walled garden at The Chateau de Villandry may not be as well known as Versailles, but the garden may be its rival.
From the extravagant to sublime. Helen and Scott Nearing's Forest Farm in Harborside, Maine was a labor of love for the two writers who nurtured the garden until their deaths. Forest Farm has outlived the Nearings but their spirit lingers in this lovely walled garden.