|Kitchen Garden project celebrates its first birthday
Crowds turn out in glorious sunshine for open day
The Kitchen Garden project celebrated its first birthday on Sunday in bright sunshine.
Over 1,000 people turned out to ‘Plant a Pea’ ‘Make a Mobile’, ‘Create a Crow’, eat cake and admire the new herb garden.
In the first year of its existence the Kitchen Garden Association, a completely voluntary organisation, with the help of some 700 local schoolchildren, has begun reviving the 17th century walled gardens.
While children participated in a variety of activities, grown ups could admire the herb garden and check up on progress clearing and planting up the historic area. In the adjacent conservatory, historic early 19th century camellias were in flower, and members of the Camellia Society explained their history.
The birthday cake, a magnificent creation covered in tiny leeks, tomatoes, patty pans, peppers, pumpkins and lettuces, was created by Carole Weale and celebrated the rich harvest of the first year, and hopefully of the years to come from the Chiswick House Kitchen Garden.