Britain's Gardens: A private passion and a public disgrace.
It wouldn't be difficult to find people to fulfil these roles: this very thing has happened, to wondrous effect, in the Kitchen Garden of Chiswick House. The results might not be masterpieces in the picturesque tradition, but Ruskin and Morris would certainly have approved.
Last chance to see the gardens before change
The open day on September 21 will also be the last opportunity to experience the magic trails around the kitchen garden forest which, under the new plans, will be cleared for future planting.
During the open day visitors will be able to inspect the late summer colour in the cutting bed, an extensive collection of different types of pumpkins and squashes and all the other fruit, vegetables and herbs growing at this harvest festival season.
New charity status for kitchen garden
Someone came back from Peru with 19 varieties of sweetcorn
Evening Standard, 23 April 2008 (pdf, 1.6 MB)
London's Secret Gardens
Oh what a lovely day
As you walk around the perimeter of Chiswick House’s grounds you are instantly struck by the grand gateways, the great walls and the majestic building itself.
Then you discover the secret 17th century kitchen garden on the outskirts of the land. The garden is so hidden away it was actually locked up and forgotten about for many years until someone climbed over the wall to discover what lay behind.
Heap of pumpkin heaven
fabulous ... different, quirky, educational
Gardeners' World, BBC TV, September 2006
Most Londoners dream of finding a quiet corner of the capital to escape to when the rat race becomes too much. Away from the roar of engines, out of earshot of beeping mobile phones and laptops, and far from the cries of an irate boss.
Anger after Chiswick House car park proposal submitted by mistake
Chiswick House Kitchen Garden kicks off autumn season of school visits
Where kids can get fresh
Historic Gardens Open
a real treat for garden historians and anyone who appreciates neglected places where the atmosphere of the past is still tangible ... an opportunity to see an inspired regeneration project in its embryonic stage.