Mrs Hudson recommends….Autumn Colour

Walpole and I

Walpole and I

Don’t you want to get out and about now that autumn chills are finally here!  It is set to be a great year for autumn colour so Walpole and I will be kicking up leaves and visiting autumn gardens. So here’s a dozen gardens at their best this October wherever you are:

  1. Borde Hill, West Sussex. Walpole will love the woodlands here and it is an ideal time to visit though there is also plenty to see in the 17 acre gardens.  Bright pink nerines and pink sedums are popular with the last of the butterflies.
  2. Brantwood, Cumbria. If you missed the exhibition of artist John Ruskin’s work in Edinburgh this summer, you can still get a feel for the man at his home and garden in Cumbria.  At this time of year,  glorious views from the High Walk across the garden to Coniston and the Lakeland hills make the  most of autumn colour, planned, planted and natural.
  3. Painshill Park, Surrey. The follies of Painshill Park, an extraordinary 18th century garden, are beautifully framed by autumn trees.  If its chilly, shelter in the Walled Garden for more colourful trees and shrubs.
  4. Aberglasney Gardens, Carmarthenshire. I’ve been dying to see the restored garden at Aberglasney particularly the glass roofed Ninfarium and its orchids fashioned out the the ruined mansion house.  The tree colour is good here too particularly in the Woodland Garden.
  5. For Scots, perhaps the most spectacular autumn garden is Crarae, Inveraray. Like many Himalayan gardens best known for their Spring show of rhododendrons, the glen garden here is equally spectacular in the Autumn.
  6. Thorp Perrow, Yorkshire. Many of the 1,300 different species of trees and shrubs were planted for their autumn colour. There is plenty of space for rambling and seeking out the 67 Champion trees designated by the British Tree Register.
  7. Ardchattan Priory Gardens, Argyll. Shrub walks leading from what were once monastic buildings are very colourful in Autumn and thanks to the temperate climate the herbaceous borders well into October. The view across Loch Etive reaches right over to Mull and Ben Chruachan.
  8. Penshurst Place, Kent. The gardens are among the earliest in Britain, and not to be missed at this time of year for the acers and arboretum.
  9. The Savill Garden, Surrey. The Valley Gardens are unmissable at this time of year; enjoy the autumn hues of the maples and the colourful berries of the sorbus trees.
  10. Hergest Croft, Herefordshire. The dazzling autumn colour of the collections of maples and birches is breathtaking in the Azalea Garden, Maple Grove and Park Wood.
  11. Antrim Castle Gardens, Northern Ireland. As the restoration of the baroque water garden continues take time to enjoy the drifts of autumn leaves.
  12. Marwood Hill, Devon. 18 acres to explore with 3 lakes surrounded by unusual trees and shrubs.
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