Kew's Kitchen Garden

Kitchen Garden

Kew's Kitchen Garden was voted 'most inspirational vegetable garden 2016' by the Great British Growing Awards. It was created for the BBC series 'Kew on a Plate' featuring Raymond Blanc and Kate Humble on a site formerly used to grow produce for George III.

 


Planting

A wide range of fruit and vegetables, including heritage varieties, can be seen growing here across the seasons. These have been selected for maximum flavour and to provide interest and ripe produce across the seasons.

In spring​ find asparagus, new potatoes, young peas, spring spinach, and rhubarb.

In summer​ find strawberries, heritage varieties of carrot (including purple and yellow), gooseberries, garlic, and French beans.

In autumn​ find beetroot, pumpkins, apples, red and yellow tomatoes, and onions.

In winter​ find brassicas including broccoli, winter cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts and turnips, leeks, Jerusalem artichokes, and winter radish.


Did you know?

  • In Georgian times Kew's large Kitchen Garden supplied members of the royal family living in Kew Palace.
  • In 1759 the royal Kitchen Garden covered 12 acres, stretching from the Woodland Garden to Kew Green.
  • The old Kitchen Garden had two vineries, two cherry houses, seven peach houses and pine pits (for pineapples) as well as a mushroom house and numerous frames for growing vegetables.
  • Raymond Blanc selected over 250 varieties of different fruits and vegetables to grow in the Kitchen Garden.
  • Carrots have proved to be one of the most successful crops growing in the Kitchen Garden thanks to Kew's sandy clay soil.
  • Fifteen different varieties of apple make up the two rows of 'step over' trained apple trees. These include old favourites Cox's Orange Pippin and Blenheim Orange.
  • Annual flowers are used to encourage bees into the Kitchen Garden to pollinate the vegetables.