Adding to The Heritage Seed Library border
Rosenwyn has spent much of her traineeship working in the Kitchen Garden.
“It has really captured a part of my imagination. I love how in this area, form and function have to co-exist perfectly to allow for a beautiful yet productive garden.”
Alongside her regular garden duties and training, Rosenwyn has been given her own project: curating the Heritage Seed Library (HSL) border in the Kitchen Garden, where she chose around six HSL seeds (curated by charity Garden Organic) to grow.
The Heritage Seed Library project aims to conserve vegetable varieties that are not widely available to growers. They consist of mainly European varieties, including rare landrace varieties, heirloom varieties, and varieties dropped from popular seed catalogues over the past decade.
Each year, approximately 150 varieties within the HSL collection are chosen for inclusion in the HSL Seed Catalogue, where members, such as Highgrove Gardens, can pick six packets of seeds to grow by the end of the year.
Growing HSL seeds comes with many benefits, particularly helping to maintain genetic diversity within vegetable crops and increasing biodiversity in your garden, but it also comes with its challenges.
“Saved seed isn't always guaranteed to have a high germination rate, meaning we could have fewer plants to fill the border with,” explains Rosenwyn.
“I have made a sign to explain the function of the HSL border, as we aren't used to seeing plants being left to seed in the gardens at Highgrove, and as the season draws on and the plants go into senescence, the border will gradually look more tired and, to some people, messy.”