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Victorian Kitchen Garden & heirloom plants

Does anyone remember a program called the Victorian kitchen garden with Harry Dodson and Peter Thoday? Well I absolutely love this program and it got me thinking about all these heirloom vegetable/ fruit/ flower varieties that we do not grow anymore. Do you grow any of these unusual/ heritage plants in your garden? 


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,142
    I remember it very well and enjoyed the series so much I bought the DVD set.
    It's still so lovely to watch - not manic like most TV progs these days. A lovely wander down memory lane and so much useful information

    There's also the excellent Geoff Hamilton Collection - Ornamental Kitchen Garden, Cottage Gardens and Paradise Gardens that I watch every now and then.

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    I've just planted three fruit trees from a grower called Ian Sturrock who specialises in Welsh heritage varieties.  A cooking apple by the delightful name of Goose's Arse, named, he assures me, from the shape of the fruit, not the taste, a Nant Gwrtheyrn russet apple and a Denbigh plum, the only plum native to Wales.
  • kleipieperkleipieper Posts: 563
    I love those old programmes too.
    I've just discovered a few oldies with Geoffrey Smith on youtube.
    They are Mr. Smith's Indoor Garden, Mr. Smith's Flower Garden, and Mr. Smith's Vegetable Garden. And I think they also have Mr. Smith's Favorite Garden, but I haven't watched that one yet, and I'm not sure if it's complete.
    Great fun to watch those oldies though.
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