The main function of this area
would have been the production of food crops and ornamentals. It was
used in conjunction with other areas of the property where larger amounts
of space were needed to produce abundant harvests. Areas such as the
Orchards (e.g. apples) and the ‘coarse’ vegetable gardens
(e.g. potatoes) are examples of places where more land was required. Crops
grown in the Kitchen Garden included mixed vegetables, culinary herbs, some
small fruits, and there were also ornamental plantings.
Across the road from kitchen on a
large plateau is the Greenhouse and Kitchen Garden Area. The
design of the Kitchen Garden follows patterns that were
introduced well over a century ago. The garden is surrounded by hedges on three
sides with the greenhouse being the fourth side. It is enclosed and separated
because of its function. (3).