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10 March 2019

Easter hunt for signs of Spring in the Workhouse Garden

Come to Ripon Workhouse Gardens this Easter to hunt for signs of Spring.

In the Vegetable Garden 

- spot our heritage vegetable seedlings like Mr James Scarlet Intermediate Carrots and Egyptian Turnip Rooted Beetroot

- read about how vegetables were used in the Victorian Workhouse and pick up tips on how to grow your own in our new interpretation boards.

- enjoy our beautiful apple and pear blossom in our orchard.  Find local heritage varieties like Yorkshire Dog Snout and Fillingham Pippin apple trees.

- there'll be plenty of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert rhubarb, varieties dating back to 1890.

- will our broad beans be in flower? Aquadulce and Bunyard's Exhibition broad beans will be growing well!

Our Have's and Have-not's area

- will showcase this year varieties grown by Victorian households (too posh for the Workhouse inmates). This includes artichokes, asparagus, golden royal sovereign strawberries, courgettes, squash and sweet peas.

The Master's Garden

is in its first spring since planting last May.  It's full of plants that would have been common in the homes and gardens of Victorian families.  Look for lupin, delphinium, foxglove and paeony roots.

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