A visitor attraction’s new gardens are almost ready to open to the public.
Jordans Mill has appointed a head gardener for its mill gardens. The main attraction opened to the public in February this year but the gardens are still in progress.
Svenja Burckhardt comes to the mill from the Royal Horticultural Society’s Hyde Hall near Chelmsford, where she was responsible for running the nursery and propagation.
She will get the Mill Gardens up and running and establish a variety of plants including cereals, herbs and vegetables.
Visitors to the Mill Gardens will be able to see how wheat and other grains are grown and learn more about Biggleswade’s rich heritage of market garden production of vegetables and crops, which would once have been taken by train to the London market.
Svenja, who is originally from Germany, said: “Jordans Mill offers the best of both worlds from a gardener’s perspective as I will be able to indulge my love of growing vegetables as well as planting the flower beds and watching them bloom in spring. Visitors will be able to enjoy the garden all year round.
“My aim is that they will get a sense of a story being told through what is growing here. It will be especially satisfying to see the crops being used as ingredients in the Riverside Café’s freshly-made food.”
The Mill Gardens have been designed by Chelsea Flower Show winners Julie Toll and Ian Kitson, and Svenja is working closely with the designers to bring the gardens to life.
By spring 2014 the gardens will begin to come into their own and the changing seasons mean that it will be worth visiting them throughout the year.