Gardens to visit in East Anglia

Anglesey Abbey - couple in the vuburnum

In East Anglia, we’re lucky to have so many gardens that showcase the very best of autumn blooms. See for yourself, as the season progresses.

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29 Sep 20

Michaelmas daisies add autumn colour

Asters, or Michaelmas daisies, range in colour from white to blue to purple and bring colour, warmth and beauty to the garden when many of our summer blooms are fading. Aster comes from the Ancient Greek word astḗr, meaning "star", referring to the shape of the flower head.

Michaelmas is the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel (also the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels). In Christianity, the Archangel Michael is the greatest of all the Archangels and is seen as a protector against the dark of night.

It used to be said that harvest had to be completed by Michaelmas, 29 September, marking the end of the productive season and the beginning of a new cycle of farming.

You can enjoy these blooms on your next visit to the Walled Garden at Wimpole Estate.

Close up of Aster ammelus Empress

18 Sep 20

Harvest time

Our kitchen gardens are brimming with seasonal fruit and vegetables at this time of year. The approach of autumn sees the peak of harvest time and has been central to the rural calendar for centuries. Some summer crops are still producing and autumn crops are ripening too.
br> Enjoy a feast of beetroot, leeks, raspberries, plums, apples, pears, squash, fennel, sweetcorn, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, celery, chard, tomatoes, courgettes, cucumbers, runner beans and more.

Take a look at what we've been growing in some of the kitchen gardens in our care, you'll find these at Blickling Estate, Felbrigg Hall, Oxburgh Hall, Ickworth and Wimpole Estate.

Autumn harvest from the walled garden at Blickling Estate

03 Sep 20

Dazzling dahlias

Dahlias were discovered by botanists in the 16th century, growing wild on the hillsides of Mexico. They were first introduced to Europe at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Madrid where they were named after the Swedish scientist, environmentalist and botanist, Anders Dahl.

Originally grown for their edible tubers and categorised as a vegetable, it is said they taste a bit like carrot, celery, potato and radish. Before insulin they were used to balance blood sugar due to their high fructose content.

Dahlias come in thousands of different varieties and every colour except true blue, despite a reward offered in the 19th century by a London newspaper to the first breeder to grow one – it has never been claimed. Today, you can enjoy colourful displays at Anglesey Abbey, Wimpole Estate and Blickling.

A ball dahlia at Anglesey Abbey