Within the ancient walls of a large Elizabethan kitchen garden in Lincolnshire is a heavenly-scented secret store of natures most glorious delights. Stem upon stem, bloom upon bloom of good old fashioned English cottage garden flowers. Tumbling and reaching in borders and beds amid herbs, shrubs and edible produce. Grown naturally, organically with love and care until the time is right for picking.
Each stem is then carefully, intuitively chosen and worked into a beautiful bouquet or arrangement for a wedding or event by flower grower, plantswoman and seasonal florist Rachel Petheram.
Rachels connection to her cutting garden is visceral, she as much part of the garden as it is part of her. Both a little wild, both utterly wonderful and very much in tune with the rhythms and seasons of the natural world.
Alongside Rachel work the Doddington Hall gardening team who grow fruit and vegetables within the walls of this authentic kitchen garden. They enjoy the freedom to grow without using harmful pesticides and chemicals thanks to the abundant biodiversity of insects, birds, toads, grass snakes and more within this unique ecosystem.
Everyone who visits is enchanted, and whether bought as a bouquet or cut stems will often take a little of the magic of this very special garden home with them.