April zoom meeting

Cabbages and lavender in Barnsley House potager
Fruit arches in the potager at The Old Rectory Garden, Sudborough
What a lovely way to add height and interest

Our talk this month by Chrissy Ching was on Potagers.

Chrissy informed us that a Potager is a way of growing vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers together which must look beautiful and be edible. A Potager may be simple or elaborate in design and are traditionally symmetrical being laid out in rectangles and straight lines but curves are acceptable nowadays.

Chrissy took us through a few examples including the William Lawson inspired potager of Rosemary Verey at Barnsley House, where coloured cabbages grow beside lavender in beds that follow tradition by being edged in clipped box.

The Old Rectory Garden at Sudborough was designed by Rosemary Verey who added height by training fruit trees together whilst young to form arches which look pretty and also provide more fruit.

Chrissy talked about different coloured vegetables, stepover fruit, companion planting, the 3 sisters planting system and adding interest with pots, beehives, cloches, topiary and the pattern of brick paths.

I think we will all be looking at our plots in a different light from now on!