Nick got to explore Damson Farm, a Bath smallholding with big ideas for one of his recent Bath Life magazine features. Taking a sunny afternoon stroll with owner and horticulturist, Alison Jenkins, he took in the delights of her edible garden, home to a wealth of plants that not only provide food for Alison’s family but also look beautiful too: with the likes of self-seeded verbascum and forget-me-nots mingling happily with marigolds, rocket and alpine strawberries.
Nick also got a look at the equally diverse forest garden, with amelanchier rising above sorrel and natural, organic hedging blending seamlessly into the landscape beyond. It’s a rich and beautifully visual tour, and one that sows seeds of ideas of how to garden successfully in the face of a global climate emergency. How a garden can function both ecologically and aesthetically, provide produce and work with nature. You read more about Alison’s inspiring garden, which now extends to a series of talks and workshops, here.