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What to look out for in the gardens

Things to see during our Open Gardens on 3 September 2022.

Our popular Open Gardens days return this September.

While away the hours in our 12 acres of gardens. Take a leisurely stroll around the lake and enjoy a picnic brought from home whilst taking in beautiful views of the surrounding gardens.

Read our guide on what to look out for in the gardens during your visit…

The Rose Garden is still going strong and fills the air with a heady scent as you pass by.

Salvias don’t mind the drought or the heat. There are plenty to be seen throughout the garden with blues in the blue border and pinks in the Mildmay border. Look out for the giant Amaranthus ‘dreadlocks’ and Tithonia rotundifolia ‘Torch’ in the red border.

Towering over the terrace, it has taken just a few months for Persicaria orientalis to reach its full height and the Hibiscus syriacus has never looked so full of flowers.

The Bourne Garden is still managing to look like a jungle, with the lack of water not appearing to bother the tree ferns and bananas too much. The Clerodendrum trichotomum, close to the shop, is looking good. It is also known as the Peanut Butter tree because its leaves release a peanut odour when crushed.

Along the main path from the carpark to the opera house there is a Tetrapanax papyrifer with its giant umbrella-like leaves and several Amicia zygomeris leaves, a legume that closes its leaves up at night.

Discover our new sustainable dye garden, which for the first time this year has been used to dye costumes that have appeared in Festival 2022 productions. Plus, don’t forget to stroll around the vegetable garden.

Don’t forget to browse our plant sale. There’s a range of plants on sale at our Hamlet Hut – plus our gardening team will be there to answer any of your gardening questions.

Our popular Open Gardens days return this September

Image credits: James Bellorini and Clive Nichols

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