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Formal herb garden, fruit garden, potager, herbaceous borders, shell house and water garden.
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Among the tall trees and beech hedges of an old garden a series of new organic gardens is being created on an ambitious scale by renowned cook Darina Allen. Several of these compartments are appropriately on a culinary theme. There is an elegant potager or vegetable garden laid out on a strict geometric pattern and colourful with many exotic vegetables. A formal fruit garden has apples, pears, plums, peaches, almonds, figs and cherries, many trained on arches, as well as soft fruit. The herb garden is a delightful surprise, a great parterre of gravel and precisely shaped box-edged beds enclosing an array of culinary and medicinal plants. Beyond, a wide lawn with specimen trees and shrubs leads to a small lake. In the old Orchard extensive herbaceous borders have been planted leading up to the Shell House. A Celtic Maze in Yew has recently been planted.
There have been gardens at Kinoith since the early 1800s when the house belonged to the Strangman family. However, after the death of Lydia Strangman in 1952 the gardens deteriorated. In the 1970s the Allen family moved in and took over a garden that had become a wilderness; work began on the restoration of the gardens in 1983. The herbaceous borders were designed by Rachel Lamb in the early 1990's. The Shell House was designed by Blott Kerr Wilson and the fruit garden was designed by Jim Reynolds of Butterstream Garden.