A beautiful kitchen garden plus royal kitchen

July 16, 2014

Well, I would say this would be just about PERFECT for me! And yes, I’d move in in a heartbeat and live in the little gardener’s shed if someone would let me. (I don’t take up too much room) 😀

Of course, 200 yrs ago, the real kitchen gardens, which served Kew Palace and Mad King George were enormous, but thank goodness the land has been given over to the gardeners. Also, thank goodness this little representation remains.

Let’s have a look, shall we?

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It’s a walled garden! Isn’t this the absolutely most sensible way to garden in the world?

I’m thinking, “where can I get my hands on a few thousand beautiful old bricks to wall in my own garden?”

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The south wall and the north wall.

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How hard can it be to to make a bunch of these charming cloches? I’m going to try to figure them out. A bit of glass, a bit of leaded strips, a bit of solder…

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Here’s the charming gardener’s cottage. The perfect place to have tea.

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And now, I suppose all the beautiful produce had to be prepared somewhere. Let’s have a look at the royal kitchens.

The kitchens are somewhat below ground to keep them cool, but still have light and a view to the garden.

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I really would call this shabby chic to the MAX!

Lovely old wood burners, lime washed walls, stone floors, old patina on pipes, rustic wood.

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These were the food preparation areas…

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…and this was the cooking kitchen.

This space is two stories tall to get all the heat to rise and vent out.

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And what’s on the second floor?

Accounting offices, chef’s offices, and offices where the Kew Palace staff organised meals.

Robbie read that the kitchen processed over 300 chickens per month in that ledger.

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I suppose this is also the place for a glass of something in the evening.

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Or a cup of tea.

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And, further into the kitchens, are larders full of processed seasonal foods stored for the future.

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Did you enjoy your visit? I did.

Do we all want to run out and build a walled kitchen garden and shabby chic the heck out of our kitchens?

Yup, I know the feeling. 😀 Kew Palace next time 😀

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Kew Palace
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7 Comments

  • Reply Catherine Llewellyn July 16, 2014 at 2:29 am

    nice use of the word ‘heck’ 🙂

  • Reply daryledelstein July 16, 2014 at 5:35 am

    reminds me of the kitchen garden at the Cloisters here in nyc

  • Reply Nikki July 16, 2014 at 6:39 am

    How inspiring indeed! Beautiful pictures! I read once that these kitchens often had barrel vault ceilings (stone/brick) to contain a fire if one broke out and hopefully keep it from spreading…do you think this is correct?

  • Reply EllaDee July 16, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Lovely garden and kitchen… shame to see it empty and unused but at least it is preserved and open for visits. I like to imagine it warm, busy, noisy and fragant 🙂

    • Reply catherine July 16, 2014 at 11:25 am

      me too elladee!

      • Reply EllaDee July 16, 2014 at 11:33 am

        May be a past life in one of these big kitchens 🙂

  • Reply Sara v July 17, 2014 at 3:33 am

    Gardens make me so happy!! Thank you for all the beautiful pics. I do love the white washed, adobe of that kitchen. Lovely! So glad that you are having such a great time 🙂

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