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Digital Subscriptions > Kitchen Garden Magazine > 262 - July 2019 > A GARDEN WITH AN ITALIAN FLAVOUR


Garden photographer and writer Leigh Clapp was given a tour around a decorative and highly productive potager inspired by the owners’ Italian roots
Former work colleagues Tony (left) and Adam share a passion for gardens, design and exquisite food

Adam Vetere took me on stroll around his immaculately cared-for potager at his home in Headley, Hampshire where he lives with his wife Heidi and son Luke. He explained that his inspiration for the garden came from his summer holidays in Italy.

“My father is Italian and we used to spend our summer holidays on my grandparents’ farm in Piedimonte Matese, near Naples, Italy. My time there watching my grandmother prepare wonderful dishes with just the veg and meat from the farm inspired me to reproduce the same growing conditions.”

They were initially attracted to their Hampshire home by panoramic views ofWatership Down from the south-facing slope and the fact that the existing house was on the site of a Roman camp and bath house; there has been an array of changes, on a tight budget, since they moved to Old Camps in 2007.

“The house wasn’t easy on the eye, but was a great footprint to design a contemporary home from, complete with an atrium! The design of the garden evolved from the design of the new house, though I did design new cottage beds in homage to the original house. It was important to keep a link with the past as well as looking into the future,” Adam comments.

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