Playfulness at Potager Colbert: an old coffee pot and stove among the dahlias

Potager Colbert: rebirth of a lost kitchen garden

Potager Colbert: vista down the central slate rill
Potager Colbert: vista down the central slate rill

When a digger nearly fell over the high retaining wall overlooking the overgrown dell just down from the main front garden, the new owners of Chateau Colbert realised there could be more to the long, unkempt site on the western side of the estate.

Mickael Vincent, head gardener at the Potager Colbert, who is taking me around the garden on a bright morning in late August, says earlier plans showed there had been a kitchen garden here, but that before that incident in 2012, there were few signs left of its former glory.

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