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Victorian Walled GardenBy Michael Gilmore

"Owner of the renowned Winsford Walled Garden."
[ valign="top">Historic change provided the impetus:

The simple kitchen garden evolved from the simple need people had to feed themselves. At one time virtually every cottage and country house in Britain contained a modest vegetable garden. In time, these gardens evolved in direct proportion to their owner’s personal wealth, for the more wealthy this extended to include feeding an extended household and to regularly entertaining house guests. The period of greatest growth and change in gardening ran parallel with the growth of the

British Empire which fuelled it, especially between 1800 and 1914. After 1914 there simply wasn’t the manpower or the economic resources and, in many places, even the desire to garden to quite the same extent as in the past.

Winsford Walled Garden is located in the beautiful North Devon countryside. Shown is the rear of the south-facing wall of the Victorian walled garden during clearance. Note the buttresses at regular 30ft intervals. [Photo courtesy of Winsford Walled Garden]

The growth of the Victorian walled garden coincided with a number of simultaneous social and economic developments after 1800. Following 1800 Britain experienced explosive economic growth and social change. This growth was fuelled by global exploration and the development of steam-driven commercial transport. the prevailing oceanic winds. In short, the wealthy Victorian could personally finance men to gather any unusual and exotic plant they wished and they had the means to cultivate the plant upon its return despite the vagaries of the English weather

There were two types of Victorian walled garden, the most common was the walled vegetable garden; but the walled flower garden, such as the one at Winsford Walled Garden, was the second and the more unusual garden type.

Why even have a walled garden?
There is a common misconception that Victorian walled gardens were originally built to protect the plants from the weather. I do not believe this was the case and I shall explain why.Victorian Walled Garden e height of the wall. So, even for a 4m high wall the protection afforded would be just 8m in to the garden. On this basis, Victorian walled gardens designed to protect the plants within from the weather should be about 16m across!

[Photo courtesy of Winsford Walled Garden]

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