Visitors can enjoy striking autumn displays, learn how to plant a winter hanging basket and stock up on spring bulbs at Hever Castle from October 1.
The Autumn Colour event this year features a new self-guided trail around the lake incorporating points of interest including World War II Pillboxes, the newly opened Smugglers Walk and waterfall, the impressive Japanese Teahouse and a tick-box list of autumnal coloured trees.
Trees of note include some of the Scots Pines beside the lake which were brought to the garden from nearby Ashdown Forest by former owner William Waldorf Astor during the creation of the garden in 1904 -1908.
Autumn is a stunning time of year to visit not only for the trees but also to see the Boston ivy on the front of the Castle as a glorious vibrant red.
Head gardener Neill Miller says: “There’s much to see in the garden and arboretum at this time of the year. The Italian Garden has a profusion of autumn bedding, while the front of the medieval Castle is cloaked in bright red Boston ivy. The colours are extraordinarily vivid and wildlife is abundant.”
Visitors will also get the opportunity to learn how to plant a winter hanging basket full of plants to see them through the darker months along with bulbs for colour come early spring.
Autumn is also bulb planting time and following Hever’s successful Dazzling Daffodils and Tulip Celebration events this year the gardening team will be sharing plans for 2019 along with inspirational tips and selling daffodil and tulip bulbs on site.