In The Garden - Highlights at St Erth in April

By Tina Thanos, St Erth's kitchen gardener

Kitchen garden harvest

A customer said to me today “Arriving at St Erth is like you’ve died and gone to heaven and the Bees are singing your song!” Wow! What an impression. Visiting St Erth is like finding a secret garden. You drive into the sleepy town of Blackwood, drive a couple of kms down the windy road and voila! At the end you arrive to well… heaven on Erth.

From the moment you reach the front gate, you’re surrounded by garden beauty. You’re greeted by the golden russet leaves of Golden hops and as you walk a little further you can catch glimpses of the perennial border in all its autumn glory. Salvias, coneflowers, Agastache, and sedums all add texture and colour to compliment each other. Walk a little further up a small incline and you’ve come across the dry garden, a lesser publicised part of the garden, but as equally spectacular at this time of year as the perennial border. The plantings in this garden just blow you away. Dahlias, sedums, Eryngiums, salvias all work well with the well established flax and grasses.

Another highlight this time of year is the kitchen garden. Each week we harvest a bounty of organic produce. Bucketfuls of deliciously sweet organic heirloom tomatoes, Corn “Golden Bantam’ Mizuna ‘red and lime streaks’ , heirloom beetroot and carrots, sweet basil, zucchini tromboncino and costata are all making their way to the café kitchen to be made into tasty lunches for our garden visitors.

Head on over to the espalier orchard and you will be as equally impressed. We’ve been harvesting kilos of the sweetest plums, pears, nashi and apples. We’ve had so many that even a couple of cheeky gang gang cockatoos have also indulged.

Still need enticing? Come and visit us on the 8th and 9th of April for our second Annual Apple festival and you can also have a taster of all this delicious produce!

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