September is a often heralded as the end of the Summer garden show, where more flowers have gone to seed than putting on a colourful display. That doesn’t mean the fun is over however- so much is happening now in gardens across the country- from bountiful harvest festivals, to specialist Autumn shows. What better way to be part of the great turning of the season, then by visiting these fantastic events in your area…

Longstock Water Park Final Open Day – Leckford Estate, Stockbridge, Hampshire

Sunday 15th September- 1pm-4pm- Adult £7

Longstock Water Garden in all it’s Autumn splendour.

Longstock Water Park is a great place for a day out whether you’re a keen gardener, seasoned horticulturalist or you’re visiting Hampshire and want to explore this hidden gem.

The Water Gardens covers around seven acres and was originally created by the Beddington family during the early 1900’s. The water gardens became part of the estate in 1942 and since then the gardens have been nurtured and developed to become the famous water gardens.

The water remains crystal clear, connecting the two islands and woodland valleys; Longstock and Leckford together. This giant, yet intimate garden attracts visitors from all over the world and have become famous water gardens in their own right.

It is the perfect location and setting to nurture a diverse amount of wild plants, with over forty different waterlilies alone.

The garden is a true spectacle, hosting an array of plants from around the world.

‘The finest water garden in the world’  International Waterlily & Water Gardening Society

Sussex Prairie Gardens ‘Prairie Feastival’ – Morland Farm, Henfield, West Sussex

Sunday 15th September- 11am-5pm- RHS Partner Garden- Adult £8 – Family £20

The swaying grasses and tall silhouettes of the Sussex Prairie Garden

Sussex Prairie Garden are looking forward to welcoming a group of innovative, tasty and creative artisan food makers and food lovers to the Prairie Feastival food fair which is taking place within the stunning Sussex Prairie Garden. Look forward to sampling delights from local Sussex producers, and whiling away an afternoon in the beautiful surrounds, which is the perfect example of a tamed wilderness. Think tall swaying grasses, warm hues, and areas left to their own devices to entice a colophony of wildlife. Add in a celebration of great taste, great flavour ,and delicious craftsmanship and you have the makings of a wonderful day out in the glorious West Sussex countryside.

Epsom Garden Society Autumn Show, St Martins Junior School, Epsom, Surrey

Saturday 14th September- 2pm-4pm- Free Entry

Homegrown fruits, veggies and flowers on display at the Epsom Autumn Show

The Epsom Garden Society Autumn Show returns to St. Martin’s Junior School on Saturday 14 September. There will be plenty of stunning autumn flowers on display, as well as home grown fruit and vegetables galore. There are entry categories for novelties and fun (e.g. who has grown the longest runner bean?), for experts, novices and children. Also taking place will be a plant and bulb sale, a raffle and delicious homemade refreshments. The school is located within easy walking distance from Epsom town centre and there is plenty of free on-site car parking. Admission is free to all, so why not pop along?

Orchard Day at Smallhythe Place, Tenterdon, Kent

21st September- 11am-4pm-National Trust Property

Orchard goodies galore at Smallhythe Place open day

Glorious Kent is known as the ‘ Garden of England’ for good reason.

Come and explore the garden, traditional orchard and nuttery at the stunningly beautiful Smallhythe Place, where you can sample produce from the property, and peruse the local stallholders.

The day is a celebration of the harvest and Kent’s local offering in the late summer gardens of this wonderful National Trust Property, from fresh produce straight from the trees, to plants, tasty treats and garden gifts.

Set amidst a sea of ever-changing colour, the garden is a tranquil retreat capturing the romantic spirit as it was during the Victorian actress Dame Ellen Terry’s time there. Explore the grounds and discover the traditional rose garden, nuttery and ponds, all of which are home to an abundance of wildlife. Conservation and historical research has helped develop the garden and diversify the flora and fauna; work that recently won the Silver Gilt award from Kent Wildlife Trust.

Stroll through the apple-laden trees of the traditional orchard and pick your own, play a game of croquet on the old tennis court lawn or wander through the nuttery and wildflower meadows and find a peaceful spot to enjoy a picnic. What could be a better way to celebrate harvest season?