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Trained Fruit in Historic Kitchen Gardens

Webinar: 15th of March 2022
Practical workshop: 30th to 31st of August 2022, in the UK.


The all day-webinar about Trained Fruit was hosted by PlantNetwork and had these topics:

  • The importance of wall fruit in the history of kitchen gardens
  • Exploiting microclimates for a wide range of fruit: how a new design utilises historic knowledge to react to affects of climate change
  • Fruit growing as an art form
  • Walls, wires, tags and trellises
  • Choice of cultivars and rootstocks. Pruning Lorette v. modified Lorette
  • Indoor trained fruit: peaches, grapes and figs
  • Fruit growing in Community settings: training people to train fruit

Trained fruit in the Walled Kitchen Garden at Audley End Photo: Anne Stine Solberg

Susan Campbell, Walled Kitchen Garden Network
Andy Lewis, The Newt, Somerset
Hilary Theaker, Hampton Court
Ceridwen Davies, Dyffryn Gardens, National Trust
Jim Arbury, RHS Horticultural Specialist, Wisley Gardens
Mick Brown Production Garden Manager and team, Chatsworth Gardens
Hervé Mauclère, Yvette Vallée  Community Orchard

See the program for more information.

Gemma in the vinery Photo: Audley End


Audley End, not far from the city of Cambridge, was the venue for the Trained Fruit in Historic Kitchen Gardens-workshop. Their kitchen garden is over a hectare, with espaliered pears, condons, fan trained plums and figs and apples, – in other words – the perfect venue for our practical workshop in August.

Trained Fruit at Audley End Photo: Anne Stine Solberg

Workshop venue

Audley End - venue for the trained fruit-workshop

Audley End - venue for the trained fruit-workshop


Kate Nicoll is the workshop coordinator in the Craft Skills for Garden Conservation project, and in that way, more or less involved in all project activities.
Gemma will be a tutor during the Trained Fruit-workshop at Audley End – introducing the principals of late summer pruning, giving demos and tutoring the hands on pruning.
Hervé Mauclère is the Trained Fruit expert at Yvette Vallée in Transition’, near Paris, France.
Mick Brown is the Production Garden Manager at Chatsworth Gardens.
Jim Arbury, Fruit and Trials Specialist, Royal Horticultural Society
Ceridwen Davies, Kitchen Gardener at Dyffryn Gardens, National Trust.
Andy Lewis is the Lead Fruit Grower at The Newt in Somerset.
Hilary is a gardener at the Hampton Court in the UK. She is the Kitchen Garden Keeper and Vine Keeper at Hampton Court Palace.

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Trained Fruit in Historic Kitchen Gardens

Webinar date: 2022/03/15
Practical Workshop date: 2022/08/30

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