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September 2019 – Gardens

3 Oct 2019

Our Head Gardener, Jonathan, reflects on September 

Autumn brings with it a period of reflection for the gardening team as the vibrant colours of summer fade and the tonal hues begin to appear. At this time of year we identify what has worked in the gardens and what could be developed. For plants that have been successful we gather seed or start to propagate through cutting, enabling us to enhance the displays for the following year.

Speaking of displays, Piet Oudolf’s Millennium Garden is the jewel in the Pensthorpe crown during autumn. The grasses are resplendent and often reward visitors lucky enough to be strolling through the garden in the late afternoon sun. Colour from the Aster and the tall Veronica punctuate the garden with additional splashes of colour. It really is an incredible sight to behold, especially with Jenny Pickfords contemporary sculptures on display in and around the garden until 13th October.


Launch event of the Jenny Pickford Sculpture exhibition in the magnificent surroundings of the gardens at Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham. Photo : Steve Adams


The Wildlife Habitat Garden and the Corten Infinity Garden boast swathes of stunning colour thanks to the Dahlias and the Angel’s Trumpet, and this year we have had four different flowering gingers, which has been great.

Hedges have been trimmed in the Wave Garden and we’re still in the middle of a tidy up, whilst some new plants have been added to the Wave Line Garden.

In terms of new projects we are developing the old pond which our reserve manager, Richard, dug out last year. The old oak stumps, which were part of it, have formed the main part of the garden with plenty of ferns around them. There is still plenty more to do but it is an exciting work in progress as we head towards winter.