Tomato Gardener’s Delight

Red Medium/Large cherry heritage tomato on indeterminate plants.


Gardener’s Delight is a cherry tomato with a flavour that is one of the best balances of sweet/acid. An early/mid ripening, indeterminate, regular leafed tomato with high yields of bite sized tomatoes make this a very popular tomato, the quintessential British cherry tomato with an RHS Award of Garden Merit. It grows well both indoors and outdoors but like all outdoor tomatoes is likely to get blight despite its early cropping.

The web suggests that it was originally bred by Paul Tellhelm in 1950-1951 by Ernst Benary Samenzucht. It was originally named "Benary's Gartenfreude, Hochzucht".

Common and popular variety, one of the stalwarts that we grow most years.

2018 Update: The RHS has decided to withdraw the Award of Garden Merit from Gardener's Delight because "it is too variable in size to be considered a Cherry Tomato". They're entitled to do this but it doesn't stop it being one of the best small tomatoes for the amateur to grow.

tomato Gardener's Delight
Gardeners Delight
Gardeners Delight

Quick Facts

  • Fruit Type: Cherry
  • Fruit Shape: Round
  • Fruit Size:1 inch
  • Fruit Colour: Red
  • Flesh Colour: Red
  • Plant Type: Indeterminate
  • Seed Type: Heritage
  • Leaf Type: Regular
  • Time to Ripe: Early/Mid (55-80 Days)
  • Taste: Sweet & Acid
  • Fruit per Truss: 8-12
  • Truss Spacing: 12-15 inches
  • Alternatives: Bloody Butcher, Stupice
  • Our Source: Johnsons Seeds
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