The Walled Garden Blog

Storm Ali

When LD and I met nearly 18 years ago I immediately knew that the Walled Garden was a little slice of heaven. It had a load of noisy exhibition poultry in there, but in due course this would be [...]

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A remarkable spring……………

The first month of spring has been remarkable for several reasons, not least because of the amount of rain that has fallen. When I look at the photos I took during March it spans everything from [...]

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The Bothy Walk

Although spring is clearly not here, BD and I have found a sheltered place to do a little gardening: The Bothy Walk. This would have been part of the entertainment when visiting Ballywalter Park [...]

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The last week of Autumn

We have now entered the last week of Autumn. By Friday it is officially winter. Here at Ballywalter Park we have new additions to our team and the grounds are looking very good. Our mowing [...]

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Doing a service at Ox

Many months ago Stephen Toman the Michelin starred chef of Ox ask me and our friend Lynn if we would like to do a Saturday night service in the Ox kitchens. I’ve always admired the calm [...]

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Loaves & Fishes

Loaves & Fishes is a food event celebrating bread and fish during the annual Sea Food Week, which runs this year from 6th till 13th October. Here at Ballywalter Park we open our gates to all [...]

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The height of our productivity!

Autumn is a wonderful time of year when the Walled Garden is at its most productive. We have so much at the moment I can understand why there are endless articles in both papers and magazines [...]

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Produce………..

It’s the height of the season for produce coming out of the Walled Garden. AH & JR are busy ensuring we will have produce later this autumn and winter. They are also working on late [...]

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Grasses…

I have always been a bit dubious about grasses. Most grass gardens look terrible by the time you visit in July. They’ve gone to seed and presumably they spread relentlessly if you are not [...]

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Garden internships

Every year, since 2012 we get an intern from University de Blois in the Loire Valley in France. These are landscape architecture students who in their first two years have to find gardens that [...]

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