Strawberry plants in garden fit for a queen

Fiona Tansey and Richard Chocksey plant strawberries in the Elizabethan Garden. Picture by Nigel Wallace-lles
Fiona Tansey and Richard Chocksey plant strawberries in the Elizabethan Garden. Picture by Nigel Wallace-lles

Over 3,000 strawberry plants now adorn Kenilworth Castle in the biggest planting in the Elizabethan garden to date.

Opened in 2009, the garden seeks to recreate ? which would have been enjoyed by Queen Elizabeth I on her visits to the town in 1575.

The garden was designed as part of Robert Dudley’s elaborate bid to woo the queen who was a fan of the british strawberry.

The garden was recreated with help from an eyewitness account by Robert Langham, an official in Dudley’s household. In nses, the strawberries are one of the plants he does vividly recall:“…to taste of delicious strawberries, cherries, and other fruits, even from their stalks, to smell such fragrancy of sweet odours, breathing from the plants, herbs, and flowers”.

Head Gardener Fiona Tansey said: “All the plants now growing in the garden would have been available in Elizabethan England, and have been carefully sourced and selected to give a real sense of what the Queen would have experienced on her visits here.

“We take looking after our strawberries very seriously and it has taken our team the best part of two weeks to plant nearly 3,000 plants.”

The plants are expected to peak in July, which was the time of Elizabeth’s visit to Kenilworth, with the fruits coming out for next summer.