From the Beginning
Our new Kitchen Garden is designed on old principles. It takes its inspiration from the classic French potager garden, where vegetables, fruits, and herbs are grown along with a few ornamental plants, and all are arranged in an attractive geometric pattern. The produce grown in a potager garden should be as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate.
( photos taken late winter)
This NEW garden is comprised of four symmetrical quadrants, and are of a size that would easily fit within most suburban settings. We have chosen plant varieties that do well in the Tidewater climate. Visitors will not only see familiar favorites, but may also be inspired to try something new. (below photo 1: spring 2015, below photo 2: summer 2015)
Below: Video Kitchen Garden Beginnings – Daniel Kathalynas
Click here to watch this Facebook Video with Les Parks, Curator of Herbaceous Plants as he gives a sneak peek into our Kitchen Garden this fall.
Our goal is to make the beds as productive as possible, through a succession of plants, so as one crop finishes there is another ready to take its place. In keeping with our overall commitment to sustainability, we will only use organic pest control methods in this garden if needed.
Click here for a printable plant list.
Look for more photos and video blogs as we grow this NEW garden from the ground up. Watch the entire process in person and on the NBG website.