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RHS Hyde Hall: Global Growth Vegetable Garden

Wed 15 June 2022


RHS Hyde Hall: Global Growth Vegetable Garden

RHS Garden Hyde Hall, situated near South Woodham Ferrers in Essex, 20 minutes southeast of Chelmsford, is home to the Global Growth Vegetable Garden. First opened to visitors in July 2017, it was designed by Xa Tollemarche who took inspiration from the 2012 Olympics and the global aspect to the design and planting of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The unusual circular design of the Global Growth Vegetable Garden is divided into quarters, each representing a different continent and showing the vegetables that, whilst native to that continent, can be successfully grown in the UK climate. The continents are:
•Asia
•Europe and the Middle East
•South America, and
•North and Central America
The outer ring of each quarter is planted with trees and shrubs associated with produce, e.g. osmanthus hedging from Asia, the flowers of which can be used as a tea. The inner ring is planted with seasonal produce, e.g. rhubarb from Asia and potatoes from South America.

The garden is finished in Italian porphyry stone and many of the crops are planted in curved raised beds created from oak sleepers and filled with a blend of two parts TOPSOIL’s HortLoam with one part native clay and green waste compost, providing an open, friable and humus-rich medium, which is ideal for growing the garden’s more than 500 different vegetables and fruits from around the world.
A total of 5,000 tonnes of topsoil was used to in the project and each year the beds are topped up with green waste compost produced from the garden.

British Sugar TOPSOIL has been supplying products to RHS Hyde Hall for over 15 years. Since joining the RHS Hyde Hall team in 2015, curator Robert Brett has continued to work with TOPSOIL, using our products on projects such as the Global Growth Vegetable Garden.


Related Products: HortLoam


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