Yeo Valley Organic Gardens, nestled in the rolling Mendip Hills with its toes in Blagdon Lake is one of my favourite haunts. With a delightful café, overlooking the vegetable gardens and serving dishes made with produce from the farm, gardens and local producers, it’s a perfect place for garden loving friends to gather.

Rose Prince at Yeo Valley Organic Gardens

Yeo Valley organise a number of events throughout the year and, having attended quite a few now, I am always struck by the relaxed, welcoming atmosphere – it’s like visiting an old friend, an old friend who feeds you very well! Last week I was invited to attend a talk by food writer and journalist Rose Prince which was held in aid of the charity Horatio’s Garden.

Rose was talking about two of my favourite topics, eating seasonally and making food go further. I’m delighted that more and more people seem to be cottoning on to the fact that strawberries and tomatoes really don’t taste good in January and that eating local, seasonal produce is good for you, for the environment and  IT TASTES BETTER!

Following Rose’s talk we were introduced to the wonderful work of Horatio’s Garden. Horatio’s Garden builds gardens for patients at NHS spinal treatment units. We watched this film which clearly demonstrates the impact these beautiful spaces have on the health and well being of people who spend a long time immobile recovering from their injuries and for the families and friends who visit them.

I was so impressed with the work that Horatio’s Garden do that I have arranged to visit the garden in Salisbury – having seen what Cleeve West can do with a space I’m really excited to see what he has achieved there! I’m hoping to visit before the end of October and I will, of course, write about it on Thinly Spread once I have!

Our morning ended with lunch prepped by the Yeo Valley head chef and designed to show just how delicious seasonal, organic, local food can be! Pudding was a particular highlight…

Yeo Valley Organic Garden Cafe

With our tummies full my friend and fellow blogger Gemma and I took a stroll around the familiar gardens with our cameras. Gemma and I were last here together in Spring, I love revisiting gardens as the seasons change to see how they evolve and I always come away with some ideas for my own.

Here’s Gemma doing her thing (a thing she does extremely well, do check out her blog if you aren’t familiar with it)

HelloItsGemma

This avenue was bedecked with glorious blossom in the spring, now it is dripping with fruit – I long for the space to create a promenade like this!

Yeo Valley Gardens

And this is my Autumnal inspiration. Blowing gently in the wind, delicate against the brooding late September sky – reader, I love them, I need grasses in my garden.

Grasses in the Garden at Yeo Valley

If you would like to visit Yeo Valley Organic Gardens check out the visitor information page and events schedule here.

If you would like to make a donation to the fabulous work done by Horatio’s Garden please click here.

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