Dorney Court Kitchen Garden, ‘DCKG‘, is a hidden gem which occupies Dorney Court’s historic walled garden.
For centuries, the stunning tree fringed garden was a source of fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers to the House and now, as home to DCKG, it continues to demonstrate a strong link with its horticultural past. Records suggest that the walled garden was where Rose, the Palmer Family’s Head Gardener, cultivated the first pineapple to be grown in England during the mid-seventeenth century. Sadly, no trace remains of the glasshouses of that period which must have once stood on the site.
LOCATION & SETTING
DCKG is just five minutes’ walk from Dorney Court, open seven days a week from 9am – 5pm and has ample parking. Visitors will find a unique and innovative garden destination, featuring an outstanding plant nursery, popular café, traditional walled kitchen garden and award winning Landscape Department. Friendly and knowledgeable staff are always available to offer professional advice on plant selection and care.
The ancient walled garden remains an inspiring space with ivy-clad walls and terracotta brickwork surrounding plots of vegetables, manicured lawns and beautiful topiary. Visitors will enjoy the sense of tranquility and the chance to stock up on high quality plants and equipment before relaxing with a cream tea and homemade cakes.
While adults take a break, children can run riot and create merry havoc in the purpose built playground which is complete with swings and a fort.
CAFÉ & SHOPPING
DCKG’s café offers simple, delicious cooking in a beautiful setting and, as you might expect, the menu is seasonal and supplemented with fresh fruit, herbs and vegetables all from within the walled garden. Visitors should allow plenty of time to spend wandering the nursery and in the well-kept Garden Shop with their combined extensive collection of plants, equipment and gifts.
WORKSHOPS & TOURS
Dorney Court and DCKG offer highly regarded combined tours of the house and gardening master-classes which are popular with all ages. In particular, specially tailored programmes have been designed to appeal to school groups providing a fun learning experience for pupils and teachers. DCKG runs a variety of standalone horticultural workshops for people wanting to learn more about plants and gardening throughout the year.