The Herb Garden at Ryton Organic by Ruth Ridley

A few weeks ago, Garden Organic at Ryton was kind enough to host our latest Herb Society committee meeting. I was pleased to get the chance to meet the new trustees, as well as Lynne and Karen from our office.

ryton organic garden entrance

It was a really cold January day, but the sun did come out briefly for us to look around the garden! Chief Executive James Campbell (pictured second from right, below) showed us an area which will be developed into a new herb garden.

new herb garden ryton

new herb area

empty garden awaiting herb planting

The bones of the currently empty garden are well-defined and elegant. The existing herb garden is well-labelled, although James did comment that labels have a habit of going missing – something I also heard at Isle of Wight Lavender when I visited them!

existing herb area ryton

Looking particularly good in the wintry herb garden were some creeping thymes, and skeletal physalis. The low sun in the remains of the orange Chinese lanterns was fabulous!

thyme growing in ryton herb garden

physalis chinese lanterns

Garden Organic has ten acres of showcase gardens, including areas demonstrating the importance of the soil and compost, bees and wildlife. Display gardens include decorative borders as well as fruit and vegetable gardens, including the Heritage Seed library garden. It is located a few miles South East of Coventry.

Thank you James for your hospitality!

Written by Ruth Ridley