Enjoy the autumn colours in the garden

Autumn crab apples

The glow of the early autumn sun warms the gardens. House martins linger, gathering round the Halls soon to head south. Native fledglings are growing winter plumage; to be seen flitting between the mature trees around the gardens, feasting on autumn seed and ripening winter berries.

Fruit abounds in the orchards; apples, pears, plums and damsons. A selection of heritage apples will be picked and sold in the shop through to the end of November. Ornamental crab apples from western China, in spring a cloud of white blossom, now look like berries and the fruit of mulberries ripen to inky black in the trees along the mulberry walk; the restaurant waits for first pickings.


Vegetables produced in the Herb Garden and nursery supply the Great Barn Restaurant. Informal talks with gardeners are always welcome; our team enjoy swapping notes and growing tips with visitors.

Autumnal colours in the south garden borders
Autumnal colours in the south garden borders

The West Court, is most colourful and autumnal influences are provided by large reddening rose hips, tall ornamental grasses and ever- exuberant dahlias. The showy dahlia border lining the fruiting orchard will last until the winter frosts arrive. Not to be outdone cyclamen and crocus cluster around trees in the wild grassed areas - where unsurprisingly insects and butterflies also thrive. There are plenty of plants to add colour to your garden too, grown in the nursery, to purchase in the shop.  

This autumn the garden team start the annual hedge cutting
This autumn the garden team start the annual hedge cutting

Annual hedge cutting of yew, hornbeam and holly will begin in autumn. They were planted over one hundred and fifty years ago, creating garden rooms and walkways- shaping the gardens we see today.  As hedge clippings fall, so will the leaves from surrounding trees. Lend us a hand and help us to rake them into piles for collection, to be made into valuable mulch.

Families love getting involved in helping us rake up the leaves in the garden
Families helping us to rake the leaves in the garden