October 2019 – Gardens

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8 Nov 2019

Our Head Gardener, Jonathan, reflects on October

The Jenny Pickford sculptures have been a real draw for our visitors, adding much interest to the gardens and the fading blooms of summer. Lots of our visitors have been taking pictures of them. If you have missed them, fear not! There are still a few remaining.

As many of you know, the Millennium Garden promises something new for visitors all year round. At this time of year the grasses begin to shine and the asters, salvias and eupatorium that are still in flower take centre stage. The colour from the plants in the garden seem to pop more intensely against the gloomy backdrop of a wet day.


‘Wave’ sculpture: Photography by visitor, Laura 

If you’d like to see more of the autumn winter colour at the gardens, why not join us for our Four Gardens Winter Walk on Friday 22nd November.

The first frosts are knocking at the door and will finish many of the blooms, especially flowers such as the dahlias.

Our attention will turn to plants like the Red Banana which, along with more tender plants in the courtyard, will be lifted and moved into the polytunnel for winter protection.

This time of year we’re straight into projects and revamping areas of the reserve. You may have seen our teams developing the White naped Crane area and circle pond, or the Wader Aviary. Time invested in clearing and refreshing these spaces promises an even more beautiful reserve to visit next year.