Lockdown has been an eye-opening experience to say the least. I know that I speak for so many of us when I say that there have been a number of silver linings to come from it too, aside from a new found appreciation for our closest family and friends. So many of us have discovered such fulfilling hobbies which have taken us back to a real simplistic and wholesome way of living- from baking to home-making, from flower-arranging to kitchen-garden growing. The impact of these new found passions on younger demographics means that it doesn’t take long before the chicest of home-friendly brands and destinations begin to cater to them. Last week I was invited down to one of the Cotswolds most experiential destinations for an exclusive pre-opening peek of The Organic Garden (I mean, could this name be more on brand with moi? I don’t think so!), which is the latest addition to their estate in Kingham, Oxfordshire. Housed in a remodelled agricultural barn utilising local traders and craftsmen, as well as traditional materials sourced from the estate.
“The impact of these new found passions on younger demographics means that it doesn’t take long before the chicest of home-friendly brands and destinations begin to cater to them.”
This particular space appealed to my husband and I through its synergy with nature which we both share. My husband, having just completed his Bee Course, was fascinated by the construction of the space which centres around the protection and nurturing of local bees. I found myself fascinated to learn about how the Market Garden provided many of the materials such as roots and soil were utilised through traditional crafts to construct elements of the new space. I’m trying not to disappear down a rabbit hole imagining all the by-products from my own kitchen garden and how I will utilise them in the expansion of our own garden, the possibilities seem endless now.
LYDIA’S DAYLESFORD ORGANIC ESSENTIALS
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DAYLESFORD ARLO WHITE PLANTER
DAYLESFORD AUTUMN KING CARROT SEEDS
DAYLESFORD GARDEN FIG LEAF HAND WASH
DAYLESFORD LARGE HAND TROWEL
DAYLESFORD LEEDEN PLANTER
DAYLESFORD NIGELLA SEEDS
DAYLESFORD STRIPED CLEANING CLOTH
DAYLESFORD SUSSEX OVAL TRUG
DAYLESFORD TWINE STAND CUTTER
DAYLESFORD WHIPPET WINE COOLER
DAYLESFORD WHITE COSMOS SEEDS
DAYLESFORD WHITE SALEUR BOWL
So let me walk you through the gorgeous experience I had at Daylesford. Keep in mind that this is a total sensory experience – you enter through the stunning greenhouse into a wonderful space full of salads grown in the Daylesford Market garden, botanicals, citrus trees and orchids, which are a nod to Founder Carole Bamford and her favourite flower. Here you can add to your own vegetable garden with a variety of plugs, pick up some of their peat-free soil which we used for our own raised beds, and even help yourself free of charge to coffee grounds, a by-product from the various cafes and restaurants found within the estate. Upon exiting the greenhouse through the double doors to the courtyard, you can shop various shrubs, hedging and topiaries for your own garden, as well as take endless inspiration from their use of old wooden trays and antique trough water features. There’s even a wonderful space at the back with a long garden table and open fire for you to sit and enjoy the wonderful space that surrounds you.
Finally you find yourself in the renovated agricultural barn which makes up the vast new shop for The Organic Garden, as you may have seen in my most recent grid post on Instagram. Bursting with even more inspiration, this really is the ultimate destination for the curated gardener- antique terracotta pots and perfectly imperfect wicker herb troughs adorn tables and shelves throughout the ground floor whilst the upstairs is what we’ve all been waiting for. Those of us who have visited Daylesford a few years ago will remember their little space in the shop upstairs which housed a few homeware pieces and a scattering of antique finds. Well I’m excited to say (beyond excited, but I digress) that space has just gotten bigger and better with the soon to launch Daylesford Garden Furniture, which I’m sure I don’t need to tell you, is absolutely stunning. Hold me down!
“This really is the ultimate destination for the curated gardener.”
Those of us who have visited Daylesford a few years ago will remember their little space in the shop upstairs which housed a few homeware pieces and a scattering of antique finds. Well I’m excited to say (beyond excited, but I digress) that space has just gotten bigger and better with the soon to launch Daylesford Garden Furniture, which I’m sure I don’t need to tell you, is absolutely stunning. Hold me down!
Needless to say, I didn’t leave empty handed and Daylesford has moved straight to the top of my list of gardening destinations in the Cotswolds. Have you visited Daylesford before? What’s your reason (aside from the delicious asparagus) for heading there? Will you be visiting The Organic Garden any time soon? Let me know in the comments below.