Dazzling colours throughout Hever Castle Gardens and grounds make it a must-visit venue this autumn. As the gardens turn vibrant shades of red, pink and gold and the leaves tumble from the trees, it’s the perfect time to head to the romantic castle in Kent for autumn walks with the family.
From October 1, the gardening team will be helping you learn how to salvage, dry and store seeds, passing on the essential skill of seed collecting. The Garden Exhibition will house examples of the seeds collected by the gardeners from the gardens at Hever.
There will also be free garden tours of Faith’s Garden providing information about seed collecting. These will take place on Tuesday and Wednesdays throughout October (with the exception of Half Term).
Your little ones will be able to take on the Leaf & Seed Collection Challenge. If they collect 10 different seeds and leaves from Anne Boleyn’s Walk and Lake Walk, they will be given a bulb to take home and plant.
On your autumn walks you will be treated to a glorious display of colour from the mature trees in the parkland and around the lake where their reflections add to the beauty. The soft rays from the sun and stunning light also make it a great time of year for photographers and artists.
Autumn is the season in which Hever’s striking trees planted by William Waldorf Astor at the turn of the 20th century come to the fore. Rich yellow, red and orange leaves of beech mingle with liquidambars, tulip trees and Japanese maples, all contributing to an explosion of colour. The Italian Gardens contain a profusion of autumn bedding, while the front of the medieval Castle is cloaked in bright red Boston ivy.
It’s the season to enjoy the crunch of leaves underfoot, early morning mists and mellow fruitfulness. So pack your walking shoes and head to Hever for autumn walks to remember.
Discover more about Autumn Colour here.