The Garden Creative designs beautiful, naturalistic gardens inspired by the coastline in Whitstable, so what better combination to create a trade stand that reflects the wild beauty and unique place we live in and create from.
Nettles, Hawthorn, young Lime leaves and wild garlic are among Spring delights to be discovered while later in the year edible flowers, delicious berries and juicy stone fruits ripen. Foraging along the seashore brings many unusual finds like Sea Kale, Sea beet and Samphire, along with seaweed, fennel and shellfish.
This idea goes hand in hand with the concept of re-purposing materials and this is something that is important to both Harrison Ovens and The Garden Creative as we become ever aware of the need to reduce our carbon footprint. So we are using a high percentage of reclaimed materials and giving new life to used timber and marine textiles. Old Kentish apple boxes will become walls and retired racing sails a canopy. Edible Samphire, Sea Kale and Sea Purslain will snuggle amongst shingle, pebbles and cockle-shells beneath statuesque Hogs Fennel, a plant of Roman origins unique to our coastline along North Kent and Essex.
Humulus lupulus (Kentish Hop)
Disphyma crassifolium (Salty fingers)
Sesuvium portulacastrum (Sea Purslain)
Salicornia europaea (Marsh Samphire)
Beta vulgaris subsp. maritima (Sea Beet)
Crambe maritime (Sea Kale)
Thymus officianalis 'compactum’
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's Lace)
Tulbaghia violacea (Society garlic)
Fragaria vesca (Wild strawberry)
Allium schoenoprasum (Chives)
Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus
Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’
Centranthus ruber Alba
Cerinthe major purpurescens
Armeria maritima 'Alba'
Achillea tomentosa 'Aurea'
Achillea ‘Coronation Gold’
Iris ‘Kent Pride’
Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’