The garden finished the 2010 season with its annual harvest festival during the last week of October. The bothy was full of heritage fruit and vegetables from the garden, including some pumpkins, and colourful squashes. There were also historic apples and pears from the garden, and some amazing knobbly potatoes, such as the fascinating purple fleshed ‘Vitelotte’.
We had a display of traditional apples from the area, kindly supplied by the Gloucestershire Orchard Group, and a superb show of both modern and historic potatoes, provided by our two enthusiastic allotment volunteers. Produce from the Restaurant was on show, like home-made chutney, and there was a wonderful arrangement of harvest festival bread (by another volunteer).
Apple pressing took place to use up some of the windfall apples and pears. Visitors were offered a drink of fresh apple juice, and people commented that “it tasted of real fruit ……… and was so much nicer than the commercial juices”. Sample cakes provided by the Restaurant were enjoyed, particularly the beetroot and chocolate brownies (very popular with youngsters).
The garden opens again for next season on the 10th January 2011, and we look forward to welcoming you back.
Chris Hitchcock (Head Gardener)