Vaucluse House kitchen garden

The Vaucluse House Kitchen Garden Rejuvenation Project was made possible due to the generous support of the F&K De Angeli Foundation. The foundation values the garden as a place of historical importance, significant for educating and engaging diverse audiences, as well as a sanctuary for the public to enjoy.

The kitchen garden is a valuable resource that shows how food was produced in the colony, including the importance of seasonal planting and crop rotation. For many children who live in the city, it can be the first time they have seen fruit and vegetables growing.

The gardens are highly susceptible to climate change, with increasingly extreme conditions – drought, heat and, more recently, heavy rainfall – deteriorating garden beds, pathways and gravel roads. The conservation of these key elements was critical to preserving the attributes of the site.

By financially supporting the kitchen garden at Vaucluse House, the F&K De Angeli Foundation has revitalised this unique and important site for current and future generations to access, learn from and appreciate the history of NSW.

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T: 02 8239 2273


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image of painting showing a dramatic panoramic view of harbour surrounded by natural bushland with Vaucluse estate in the foreground.
Museum stories

Not a lovelier site

‘There is not a lovelier site in the known world’, wrote the Sydney-born barrister and novelist John Lang about the Wentworth family’s estate of Vaucluse

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Fruit & vegetables with a history

The kitchen garden at Vaucluse House boasts an impressive variety of fruit & vegetables year round. Here are just a few varieties currently growing & an insight into their back stories

Pineapples fruiting at Vauclue House Kitchen Garden
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Beautiful & tasty

One of the stars of the kitchen garden is the pineapple plant (Ananas comosus), which do not fail to surprise and put a smile on our visitor’s faces

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In good hands

A week with the Gardens team shows historic garden conservation at its most hands-on