Tysoe Walled Kitchen Garden

Welcome to the Tysoe Walled Kitchen Garden website! We are committed to organic gardening. Using the best practices from the Victorian days (i.e. lots of horse manure) and knowledge gleaned from the Ryton Organic Gardens we have set out to tame our Warwickshire clay. It’s all about sustainability, so as well as organic gardening, we’re always looking to better ways to work with our environment.

On this site you can find out about our history and the projects we are working on. You can come visit the garden and learn about organic gardening. Follow our blog to see what’s on our mind in the garden this month.

For the first 8 years all the work was carried out by just the two of us. Now we have help and are passing on our knowledge to students on the WRAGS (Work and Retrain As a Gardener Scheme).

We also find time to be involved with the WOT2Grow Community Orchard in Tysoe and have planted a 3 acre wood close to Tysoe, just over the border in Oxfordshire with a grant from the Woodland Trust.

Sunday, July 3, 2022


When I was young my mum was the real gardener but I remember my dad did one thing, prune the roses. They were in a rose border with nothing else, but the roses were carefully tended each year.

I never liked roses very much until about 15 years ago when we moved to this garden.

We have lots of walls to cover so my daughter gave me 2 climbers and a rambler for my birthday, chosen for their names.

Alfred Carrier, a quite rampant rose, growing over an arch, so has to be pruned back when high winds come in the autumn, the scent is wonderful.

Penny Lane, a lovely white climber, once the flowers die back the hips are lovely over winter.

The rambler Alberic Barbier a real rambler and flowers May and into July, repeat flowers occasionally so an even longer flowering time.

When we moved here there was a lovely red climber which we moved when it was in the way of a new wall and it survived and flourished. No idea what the name is but it grows well each year, flowers for weeks and I have taken several cuttings from it which are in other parts of our and others gardens.

Add to that the 25th wedding anniversary present rose, a very tall red rose given to us by a friend and a very special rose. Joanna Elise, this rose was chosen by a group of friends from a breeder in Yorkshire. This was in memory of a friend's daughter, who died in an accident whilst travelling abroad.

Joanna Elise

Last year I treated myself to a new rose, Tottering by Gently by David Austin, an unusual open flower unlike most roses, I love things that are a bit different.

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