Gardens Illustrated Reader Event: Plot to plate in the kitchen Garden at Great Dixter

Gardens Illustrated Reader Event: Plot to plate in the kitchen Garden at Great Dixter

Join Aaron Bertelsen, Great Dixter’s gardener-cook to discover the secrets of a successful plot that provides ample ingredients for the kitchen. Monday 5 June 2017.


The Great Dixter Cookbook
Plot to plate in the kitchen garden


Back in 2001, the late Christopher Lloyd – gardener, writer and owner of Great Dixter in East Sussex – published Gardener Cook bringing together his two great passions and revealing his commitment to using simple ingredients and fresh, seasonal produce. Now, Aaron Bertelsen, Great Dixter’s current gardener-cook, has collated a selection of recipes and growing advice in a new book The Great Dixter Cookbook (published by Phaidon) that brings the Dixter tradition of flavourful, fresh food to the fore once again. 

To celebrate the book’s publication, we invite readers to join Aaron for a day at Great Dixter to learn more about creating and maintaining a plot full of seasonal fruit and veg. There will be tips on cultivar choice and cultivation through the year along with ideas on how to create delicious meals using your fresh produce. Plus Aaron will serve you a home-cooked lunch. You’ll also have the opportunity to tour the gardens and buy plants from the nursery at a 10 per cent discount. The Great Dixter Cookbook will also be available for sale. 


Aron Bertelsen grew up in New Zealand, where he helped his grandfather to grow vegetables. He went on to train at Kew and now works as Great Dixter’s kitchen gardener and cook.

DATE Monday 5 June 2017
VENUE Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 6PH


10am Arrival and coffee
10.30am Talk with Aaron Bertelsen on the kitchen garden and growing for seasonal recipes. 
12.30pm Lunch in the Great Hall featuring recipes from the book.
2pm Guided tour of Great Dixter gardens.
3pm Tea in the Plant Nursery with 10% discount on plants.



CALL UK 0871 230 7156

Calls to this number from a BT landline will cost 13p per minute. Calls from mobiles and other providers may vary. Overseas readers should call +44 115 896 0368




PlEASE NOTE: Tickets cost £85 and must be booked in advance. A transaction fee applies to all bookings. Tickets and directions will be sent out prior to the event. Places are limited. so booking is essential. Please advise us when booking of any dietry requirements or accessibility queries. For details about Great Dixter please visit

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