The garden at Rothe House is a faithful recreation of the Rothe family garden as it would have appeared in the early 17th century and is the only urban garden of this period which is open to the public. The long, walled burgage plot runs from the rear of John Rothe’s mansion on Parliament Street to the city wall. Archaeological excavations in 2008 uncovered the original layout of the garden and even the seeds and pollen of the plants that were grown here.
The plants and trees that now grow in the garden are the same varieties that would have been grown by the Rothes; Deer Tongue lettuce, Scarlet runner beans, Gortahork cabbage, Mammoth leeks, Lovage, Borage, Lady’s Bedstraw, Blood of the Boyne and Scarlet Crofton apples, medlars, quince, damson, Sweet Rocket, Calendula, Rosa Maidens Blush and Hollyhocks.
Our ducks (pictured above) are of a variety known as Khaki Campbell and represent the livestock which the Rothes would have owned. They are flightless ducks that are free to roam the garden, eat grubs and slugs and produce fresh eggs every day!