Kitchen Garden: The Heart of the Matter

Kitchen Garden: The Heart of the Matter

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Baronscourt Gardens, Cullybackey




Production 11/01/1989


12min 32sec







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Apart from the advantage of cutting your food expenses, there is nothing tastier or healthier than using the freshest ingredients for the kitchen table, straight from your own garden. Join kitchen garden experts Davis Wilson, Philip Wood and Jenny Bristow and learn lots of useful tips, tricks and recipes to make sure you get the tastiest produce from your plot and on your table.

In this episode, Philip Woods shares some of his knowledge of celery and fennel - how to grow them from seed and care for afterwards. Outside the greenhouse, David Wilson takes over from Philip and advises on planting trench celery outdoors in spring. Jenny Bristow prepares a series of quick dishes such as chicken & celery casserole and finocchio & apple dish. 


Late Philip Wood developed an encyclopaedic knowledge of botany and horticulture and bred new varieties of plants and flowers for the nurseries in Northern Ireland. Before he settled down in NI he served in the Royal Corps of Signals and saw active service in many countries around the world during WWII. After the war, Philip took up the post of manager of the Slieve Donard Nursery in Newcastle, County Down. He was also one of the founding members of the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team and was appointed as its first leader. Later when retired, he devoted his time to designing gardens and providing advice, sharing his knowledge through gardening classes, lectures, newspaper articles, radio programmes and through the television series such as ‘Kitchen Garden’ with Jenny Bristow and David Wilson and 'How Does Your Garden Grow?' which he wrote and co-presented on UTV.

Jennifer Ann Bristow is a Northern Irish cook and cookery writer. Bristow was brought up on her family's dairy farm near Coleraine. A former home economics teacher at Cambridge House in Ballymena, Bristow made her first television appearance on Ulster Television's Farming Ulster in 1989 demonstrating how to cook with potatoes, which led a producer at the station to offer Bristow her own series. Jenny Bristow has now published over 10 cookery books and equally impressive number of TV programmes.


Presented by Jenny Bristow, David Wilson and Philip Wood
Thanks to Baronscourt Gardens

Camera: Sam Christie
Sound: Rai Woods
Lights: Maurice Blair
Production Assistant: Adrienne Judge
Video Editor: Philip White
Producer / Director: Ruth Johnston


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