A stroll around the beautifully-kept gardens at Englefield House shows that the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” is well and truly upon us.
As summer’s greenery makes way for autumn’s rich variety of fiery crimsons, ambers and browns, Sarah Mosby, House and Events Co-ordinator at the Englefield Estate, took these pictures showing the stunning changes transforming the gardens.
We officially waved farewell to summer on August 31, and the many oaks, maples, sweetgum and other deciduous trees in the gardens are now treating us to a riot of colour before winter’s chill truly hits.
Records show the gardens at Englefield were being managed and cared for more than 400 years ago, with the gardens as we know them today originating from the 1860s. Much of the planting from that time is still with us 150 years later.
The gardens are open to visitors every Monday (£5 per adult, children free). From April to October the hours are from 10am to 6pm, but as the nights draw in, from November, they are 10am to 4pm until the end of March.
Head gardener Sue Broughton and her team naturally have their hands full at this time of year, but Sue can make time for midweek group tours by appointment. For more details please click here.