Vicki Cooke

Author bio:

Vicki Cooke

Vicki has had a varied career in horticulture, from vegetable seed producer with the Heritage Seed Library to conservation manager with Plant Heritage, via the walled kitchen garden at Hampton Court Palace. Now working with the National Plant Collections, the perfect place to combine a love of plants with an interest in the diversity, history and culture associated with them. Always with a soft spot for edibles and a member of the RHS Fruit, Vegetable and Herb committee.

There are 40 articles by Vicki:

Umbellifer or apiaceae?

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Vicki Cooke explores and unravels the beautiful flat flowerheads of the carrot or umbellifer family

Does all basil taste the same?

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Vicki Cooke explores the virtues of The king of herbs – basil and offers some expert advice regarding taste and flavour

Foxgloves for the garden

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Have you ever wondered about growing foxgloves in your garden? Vicki Cooke unravels some of the myths and magic of these wonderful plants

Cabbages and kings

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Take a closer look at the underrated cabbage, says Hampton Court Kitchen Garden Keeper Vicki Cooke

Quince fruit

What can you do with quinces?

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Royal Kitchen Garden Keeper at Hampton Court Palace Vicki Cooke explores the history and uses of the fascinating quince

apple

Growing apples

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If there’s one fruit that’s suited to our inclement weather, it’s the apple, says Royal Kitchen Garden Keeper at Hampton Court Palace, Vicki Cooke.

Sour power with sorrel

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Add a whole new dimension to your menus with sorrel. Keeper of the Royal Kitchen Garden at Hampton Court, Vicki Cooke explains