Almost a month ago (where does the time go!) we went on our annual summer holiday down to Cornwall. This year we were blessed with sunshine for ten whole days! Ten whole days of long beach walks, collecting pebbles and shells, wildflowers, ice cream, hikes, bike rides, national trust visits and lashings of cream teas. One thing I particularly enjoy is a visit to a kitchen garden, bit like a busman’s holiday I suppose! For the last couple of years one place has been on our list of places to go, but, we just never quite make it there, The Potager Garden and Glasshouse Cafe. This year we made a special effort to get there.
Tucked away in country lanes near the village of Constatine, Falmouth is an abandoned plant nursery lovingly transformed into the Potager Garden. With mature trees which were once nursery stock and lush herbaceous planting interspersed with fruit and vegetables The mission of the Potager is to demonstrate the beauty of productive organic gardening. So totally up my street!
The gardens are a beautiful pocket of cooperative living where you feel totally at home, in fact they encourage you to stay and enjoy the gardens for as long as you like with games to play, hammocks to laze in, boules, badminton and table tennis nestled amongst the grounds.
A refurbished wooden greenhouse is home to the fabulous cafe serving delicious lunches and cakes. We ate there for lunch having an amazing (huge portion) of red pepper and potato frittata (eggs from the beautiful brown hens that greet you as you enter the garden) with heaps of wonderful salad with some humous on the side, all washed down with some homemade elderfower cordial. The cafe is vegetarian and Vegetarian Society approved, perfect.
After lunch we wondered around the grounds where bizarrely my partner bumped into his old boss who had moved down to Cornwall a few years ago. She was volunteering in the gardens, what a small world it really is! We had a lovely walk through the grounds particularly enjoying the kitchen garden with their companion planting, leaf mould and compost bins. In the glasshouse they had the tallest broad beans I’ve seen, must easily have been over 10 feet! They looked like they had finished picking but still amazing triffid like plants.
We left with our tummies full and smiles on our faces. Definitely will be visiting again next time we are down.