The Kitchen Garden, located behind the Kitchen Office, offers a display variety of produce almost year-round. This garden also features the only known garden plant referenced in historical documents – noted growing at the Palace in 1775, “under a fine bed of cabbage was found a barrel of gunpowder”.
The garden is filled with unique heirloom vegetables, herbs and fruits. While we strive for completely heirloom varieties, when those are unavailable their modern counterparts may be used- particularly with cover crops used to build the soil and manage weeds.
Espalier fruit trees on wall trellises and fences includes pear, apple, figs, plum, and peach trees. The term “espalier” refers to the technique of pruning out the majority of vertical branches in favor of horizontal branches, allowing easier harvesting, more shared sunlight and controlled growth.