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Prince of Wales views rare vegetables at National Heritage Garden

Prince Charles
Image caption Prince Charles has been patron of Garden Organic for more than 25 years

The Prince of Wales has visited a garden belonging to celebrated chef Raymond Blanc to view rare vegetables.

The National Heritage Garden at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons in Great Milton, Oxfordshire, has almost 140 rare specimens including the Delicata squash and the Carruthers pea.

The prince was overheard telling the restaurateur, "you're a genius" as he inspected the specimens.

He also planted an organic fruit tree to commemorate the visit.

Image caption The garden includes specimens like the Delicata squash and the Carruthers pea

The garden was opened by Mr Blanc in June and is run in partnership with Garden Organic and its Heritage Seed Library.

It aims to conserve vegetable varieties from across Northern Europe that could otherwise disappear.

Prince Charles has been its patron for more than 25 years.

What is in the Heritage Seed Library?

  • Rare varieties adapted to specific growing conditions
  • Heirloom varieties saved over many generations
  • Varieties that have been dropped from popular seed catalogues over the past decade

Source: Garden Organic

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