We’re already half way through November! But, what a beautiful month it has been, with colours of auburn, rust, ruby and gold everywhere you turn. Autumn is a wonderful month for reminding gardeners to look at the details; to find beauty in the unusual, the unobvious or the forgotten corners of a plot.
So if you’re the sort of person who likes to seek out something a little bit different, then you might want to visit these gardens this autumn and winter.
As gardens go, this one is definately in the ‘unusual’ category! If you really want to escape to find a wholly new perspective then a visit to the Sky Garden (part of ’20 Fenchurch Street’), might be just the thing. This is the highest public garden in London, and the views are stunning, with 360 degree panoramas of the London skyline. The lush and mediterranean style planting is arranged over three floors and best of all – it’s free, but you do need to book in advance, so see the website here for details. The sky garden is open Monday – Friday 10am-6pm and weekends 11am-9pm.
When it comes to Royal Gardens the obvious name is ‘Hampton Court Palace’, but The Savill Gardens, near Windsor are really worth a visit, not least during the autumn and winter, as there are specific areas of the garden (the Autumn Wood and Winter Beds) where the planting is at its height during the colder months.
The gardens also have a beautiful reception centre building where you can eat, shop or just admire the view. And, if that’s not incentive enough, entry to the Saville Gardens is free throughout December, January and February. For more information see the website here.
A garden-lovers paradise – this extensive garden is full of unexpected corners and fosters a mysterious and romantic atmosphere not least because it’s framed by the burnt out ruins of the old house, which was destroyed by fire in 1947. Described as a place where ‘nothing is quite as it seems’, Nymans’ gardening team are continually evolving their designs, so that nothing stays the same and the planting is always experimental and fresh.
There is also a plant centre on site and a wide range of activities and events, including a trail for families to enjoy – discovering ‘what to look for in winter’ – as well as winter tree-drawing workshops and much more.