Knebworth’s Head Gardener Kelly Baker designs the Tropical Borders to really get visitors talking. ‘They show how you can weave an exotic effect into an existing border,’ she says. The gardens team plant Banana trees, Nasturtium ‘Crimson Emperor’, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and Ricinus to create a zingy feel.
Knebworth is committed to ‘green’ sustainable gardening in a chemical free environment wherever it is possible. Vegetables and herbs are used by the Chef for the Garden Terrace Tea Room recipes. Surplus produce and posies of sweet peas from the Garden are often offered for sale in the Knebworth shop, where visitors can buy a range of plants and gifts to take home to enjoy. Freshly picked flowers from the cutting garden are displayed throughout the House filling the rooms with colour and perfume.