The sight that greets you when you eventually pull open the doors is no less magical than that faced by Mary a century ago – although this south facing garden that has admittedly seen better days could never be described as forgotten and wild. Enclosed by terracotta brick walls, the heat from the midday sun radiating out, row upon row of neatly planted salad leaves and vegetables fill virtually every inch of ground in the massive two-acre plot. Far down the bottom end three people are hunched over a long line of multi-coloured lettuces, pulling weeds by hand and throwing them into an over-flowing wheelbarrow. All is quiet except for birdsong, the buzzing of bees and the gentle sighing of a warm south westerly breeze. Set just off the A696, this is Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown country.  England’s greatest gardener was born just a stone’s throw away at Kirkharle and went to school in Cambo.
The deeply satisfying view to the south of the walled garden that appears to display Mother Nature at her creative best could well be one of Capability’s early designs.
Ken likes to think Capability had a hand in the panorama he never tires of drinking in along with his mid-morning cup of industrial strength tea (an apt beverage as the 46-year-old used to be a builder before he and his 42-year-old wife turned to the land to make their living). The Capability Brown link alongside North Country Organics’ ‘rescuing’ of a Georgian walled garden that had lain virtually disused and forgotten since the 1940s save as home for a few pigs and sheep, feeds neatly into the horticultural firms latest venture: heritage vegetables.
The team – Tracy’s brother Mark and dad Alan Purvis as well as family friend Brian Hunter are all involved – has taken a leaf out of our forebears’ book and added a number of heritage varieties to their already impressive vegetable repertoire. On the menu are carrots (Ken expects to grow up to 200,000 this year, many of which will be non-orange strains), candy-striped and white beetroots, 15 old varieties of tomatoes, courgettes, leeks, lettuces, spring onions and cucumbers to name but a few, along with edible flowers such as violas, nasturtiums and dianthus. Some of the vegetables like the Kuttinger carrot which is white and looks more like a parsnip, can trace their roots back to the 1700s. As Ken says: “It’s very satisfying growing something that has its origins in the 18th century in a walled garden that first came into production at that time and which sits in a landscape that Capability Brown was so familiar with. The heritage vegetables which are in their first season have caused a flurry of excitement among the region’s chefs – many of whom already take North Country Organics’ produce. Indeed, so popular is North Country Organics’ hand sown, weeded and harvested produce that there is a chefs’ waiting list. Ken sees what he and the rest of the team are doing as helping to preserve our heritage and offering choice where for so long none has existed. North Country Organics had never planned to be a saviour of rare and near extinct heritage vegetables, though. North Country Organics has cannily tapped into the current trend for funky new flavours and colours, the culinary backlash against uniformity and a desire to link into our past – hence the term ‘heritage’.


It describes plants and their seeds that pre-date the Government’s National List of approved plant varieties. But industrialised farming changed everything and in the 1970s European law made it illegal to sell seeds not registered on the National List or in the EU Common Catalogue. Since the 1970s around 2,000 heritage vegetable varieties have become obsolete in the UK and Europe. Artichoke, Chinese or Crosne, (1882) Japan: Rarely seen these days, the tubers grow to between 5cm-8cm long and have a thin edible skin.
Beetroot, Chioggia (1840s) Italy: From the Venice region, this has large round red roots with alternate red and white stripes on the inside. Beetroot, Albina Ice, (1885) Dutch: A white beetroot that doesn’t bleed when cut with an excellent flavour and texture that can be eaten raw, steamed or added to casseroles. Carrot, Paris (1800s) France: A delicious, tender, bite-sized baby carrot with an outstanding flavour and lovely crunchy texture.
Carrot, Kuttinger, (1700s) Switzerland: An old variety with white roots and a pronounced flavour.
Cucumber, Crystal Lemon (1894) American:  Small and round with a lemon coloured skin and a mild and sweet flavour. Explore Hadrian’s Wall Northumberland This is a journey on the edge of empire, a World Heritage Site in rolling countryside and valleys dotted with stone villages.
Hablamos de una preciosa villa bautizada con el nombre de “Les Rhumbs” donde Christian Dior vivio los mejores anos de su infancia. Zero goes to Kaname for blood and it turns into a lot more than either of them anticipated. A short and unkempt track deep in the heart of Northumberland lined with brambles, clumps of cow parsley and matted grass leads to a pair of weathered wooden doors set in a high wall. Acres of rolling grassland and informal groups of mature trees resplendent in their verdant summer greenery, dominate the vista. It belongs to Ken Holland, who along with his wife Tracy has for the past six years run North Country Organics. It is here that he cut his landscaping teeth among the woods and pastures of his birthplace.
Terry Laybourne, former North East Chef of the Year David Kennedy, Tony Binks of the Barrasford Arms and Rhian Cradock of The Feathers at Hedley-on-the-Hill are all customers, along with top end hotels like Jesmond Dene House and Close House.


They have signed a distribution deal with fresh and prepared food suppliers Wellocks that will see their high quality produce offered to Michelin establishments in Lancashire, Yorkshire and Scotland. For centuries it was common for farmers and growers to keep back seed at harvest time to grow the next year’s crop, as well as to swap and sell local strains. Many smaller seed companies had neither the time nor the money to register their varieties and as a result once common vegetables began to die out to be replaced by standardised versions.
The future of many more is now in the hands of the Heritage Seed Library, a charity based in Ryton near Coventry, and growers like North Country Organics. Una construccion de finales del siglo XIX de estilo Belle Epoque desde la cual se avista el oceano atlantico y en la que descansan muchas y casi todas las mejores creaciones originales del couturier.La muestra “Impressions Dior” pretende unir el arte y la moda del genio junto con el corriente artistico impresionista nacido en Francia durante la segunda mitad del siglo XIX. This must have been how Mary Lennox, the young heroine in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic children’s novel, The Secret Garden, felt the first time she furtively passed over the threshold into Misselthwaite Manor’s forgotten enclave.
Based at Vallum Farm at East Wallhouses in the Tyne Valley, the family-run vegetable business beloved of the region’s top chefs, four years ago created an outpost for itself in the 18th century walled garden at Little Harle. These places are now one of the number one reasons that people from around the UK come to visit Northumberland. We have as a team taken the decision to pull up all our swedes and cabbages as there is no market for them and give the space over to heritage vegetables. El contenido exhibe vestidos y fotografias del jardin de “Les Rhumbs”, las cuales demuestran como al sastre frances le importaba y tenia siempre presente el medio ambiente y la naturaleza asi como la luz y los reflejos de esta, caracteristicas fundamentales en el impresionismo. Uno de los mejores ejemplos impresionistas que crea el fundador de la Maison es el New Look, estilo creado por Dior en 1947, en el que destaca el vestido especialmente disenado para una “mujer flor”, un vestido con formas rectas y falda amplia inspirado en el tallo y la corola de una flor.Este y muchos otros aspectos impresionistas, vienen analizados en esta exposicion que ha intercambiado piezas con la coleccion Orsay y el Museo Marmottan de Paris.
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