A Beekeeper's Garden
By Nicola Hills and Jonathan Denby. A Beekeeper's Garden is inspired by a sketch of an apiary in Victorian garden writer Shirley Hibberd's journal. The apiary sits within a garden of flowers, herbs and vegetables that are attractive to bees.
It is designed to draw attention to the plight of the bee and to encourage people to keep bees and stock their gardens with bee-friendly plants. The apiary is flanked by espaliered apple trees and an apple orchard, as the apple crop is dependant on bees for fruiting.
The garden features many interesting and unusual vegetables, promoting the idea that self-sufficiency can enhance the visual appearance of a garden, as well as provide food for the family.
The design is not only practical, but artistic in every detail, from the vegetable-clad pergola, by blacksmith Chris Payne, to the pebble mosaic by Maggy Howarth.
Nicola Hills is a landscape designer with her studio based at Levens Hall. Her Hampton Court Palace Flower Show debut blends the productive garden with harmonious flower planting in a formal design. Jonathan Denby of Yewbarrow House in Cumbria is a leading authority on Victorian gardens.
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Actaea 'Pink Stripe'
Campanula 'Loddon Anna'
Campanula 'White Pouffe'
Delphinium (blues and lilacs)
Geranium 'Johnsons Blue'
Pericaria bistorta 'Superba'
Salvia nemerosa 'East Friesland'
Scabiosa 'Chilli Black'
Old fashioned sweet pea 'Black Night'
Veronica 'Royal Blue'
Herbs & Vegetables
Kalibos red cabbage
Purple teepee beans
Red salad bowl lettuce
Russian Red Kale
Nero di Toscana