Five winter gardens to visit
In November’s gardening pages we recommend a visit to Marks Hall near Coggeshall in Essex. Here are five more gardens open this month to inspire you…
RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate, Yorkshire
Stroll through a crisp autumn oasis, abundant with late-flowering colour, bright berries, glowing stems, whispering grasses and a canopy of reds and golds. Learn how to create a mixed berry garden on 2 November and enjoy festive craft and art exhibitions this month too. Tel 0845 265 8070 for details.
Lowther Castle and Gardens, Cumbria
Once considered one of England’s greatest estates, the 130-acre castle and gardens are being restored after 70 years of neglect, with gardens being laid out in the same way they were for the last 400 years. This winter, you’ll also be able to visit the castle ruins as well as the stableyard cafe, restoration exhibition and Lowther museum. Tel 01931 712192 for more information.
Painshill, Cobham, Surrey
From mystical follies to historic plantings to wildlife, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful 18th century landscape garden, which stretches across 158 acres. Enjoy the beautiful autumn colour and their collection of American trees and shrubs, and throughout November, entry is free every Wednesday. Tel 01932 868 113 for details.
Photo: Fred Holmes (Painshill)
Sausmarez Manor, Guernsey
As well as traditional gardens, there is also subtropical gardens featuring a sculpture trail. Lying so far south, there’s no need for a biodome to grow ginger, giant geraniums and palm trees, and in November you can also see a flourish of cyclamen, tropical colocasia plus Jersey and Guernsey lilies flowering. www.sausmarezmanor.co.uk 01481 235571
RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington, North Devon
Autumn walks, talks on winter plants and a fungi foray, there’s plenty going on at these 65-acre gardens this month. Enjoy bright pink asters, deep red dogwood stems, colourful berries and the yellow glowing leaves of the tulip trees in Lady Anne’s garden. Ring 0845 265 8072 for more info.