We’re often asked ‘What is Potager?’
Potager is continuing to evolve from its origins in 2000 when Dan and Peter set about carving out a garden from the overgrown remains of the abandoned plant nursery in High Cross. Inspired by the French ‘potager’ style of gardening – productive growing made beautiful – they have created a garden that mixes ornamental and edible plants and are happiest when visitors make themselves at home and spend time in the garden, relaxing in hammocks or playing games.
Mark first came to Potager to build boats in the workshop next to the top greenhouse but three years later (much to his surprise) found himself responsible for the whole project. Now that the refurbishment of the café is complete he is looking forward to increasing the amount of fresh produce we grow for it. Saffa met Mark when she was visiting Cornwall on holiday and has since abandoned her native Canada, got a degree in horticulture, and is keen to develop an educational program at Potager as well as propagating and selling plants.
Now running the café, Awen originally came to volunteer in the garden but his passion for cooking healthy and delicious organic food soon led him to the kitchen. Though he still likes to be outside his uncompromising approach keeps him very busy. Tanya’s talent for cakes and pastries completes the picture and together they bring a bit of Breton-Swiss charm to rural Cornwall.
Together we’re trying to create a place where people will enjoy spending their time now and in the future – working, learning, relaxing, playing or eating. If you’d like to join our team of volunteer gardeners, just let us know – we work together on Fridays.
The garden and café are open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 5pm.