by A.J. Coltrane
Digging around the internet, I came across The Victorian Kitchen Garden. It’s a 13-episode series that aired on BBC2 in 1987.
It recreated a kitchen garden of the Victorian era at Chilton Foliat in Wiltshire, although at the time the series was made Chilton Foliat was in the county of Berkshire. The presenter was the horticultural lecturer, Peter Thoday, the master gardener was Harry Dodson and the director was Keith Sheather…
…The series began in the largely derelict walled garden at Chilton on a freezing January morning and followed Harry and his assistant Alison as they recreated the working kitchen garden.
I’ve watched the first two episodes. I’ve found a few things interesting about the show:
1. It’s four-season gardening at the 56th parallel. They’re way north of us *and* well inland, and yet they’re still able to have a productive space without electricity. I’ve already gotten ideas from the little bit that I’ve watched.
2. Harry Dodson was an old man at the time, and he was familiar with gardening techniques that went back to the 19th century.
3. The show doubles as a look at Victorian era life.