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Rosemary Verey’s Kitchen Garden

More than a humble vegetable plot, a potager is both beautiful and productive. The loveliest such kitchen garden I have ever seen is that of the late British gardener, Rosemary Verey. I visited the garden at Barnsley House after Ms. Verey’s death, when it was in the process of being converted into a boutique hotel.

Verey’s potager is a classically structured garden that also manages to be utterly charming by including flowers, trees, shrubs, as well as herbs and vegetables. The centerpieces of the garden are espaliered apple trees in the form of goblets. Though methodically planned, paths in the garden feature varying patterns and are made with used bricks and other materials that Ms. Verey sourced from local building sites.

Verey wrote several books on garden making. For further reading, Rosemary Verey’s Good Planting Plans illuminates her approach to gardening and garden design.


  • annamurphydesign

    15.09.2013 at 09:04 Reply

    Hi. I have really enjoyed finding you by chance (via Houzz), and look forward to seeing more of your work. Really like the LA style – so good to see pics of warmer sites when stuck in the windy, wet uk! thanks, Anna

    • June Scott

      15.09.2013 at 10:14 Reply

      Hi Anna! Thank you so much. I will be visiting the UK in a few weeks so will try to bring some of our warm weather with me. Best, June

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