This autumn at National Trust’s special places across Wales, over 180 different varieties of apples will be turned into juices and cider; pumpkins and turnips will be cultivated ready for Halloween carving, and a harvest of vegetables such as parsnips, courgettes and Jerusalem artichokes will be produced in kitchen gardens.
Visitors will be able to reap the fruits of National Trust Wales’ labour to enjoy a bumper crop of autumnal activities this September and October. From apple festivals and pumpkin carving to bush craft skills and garden walks to enjoy the reds, oranges and browns of the changing season.
This autumn at Dyffryn Gardens sees the return of the gourd tunnel which was planted two years ago as part of the celebrations for the centenary of World War I. The mass production of fruit, vegetables and herbs were used to feed the local village during this time. Walk through the jungle walkway and see brightly coloured and unusual pumpkins and gourds hanging down all around you. Inspired by the experimental nature of the garden’s history, the gourd tunnel will feature Goosebumps pumpkins, bottle gourds, dinosaur gourds, Atlantic giant pumpkins, snowman pumpkins, hedgehog cucumbers, freaky tom pumpkins and sweet dumpling squash.
Upcoming Events at Dyffryn Gardens
Head Gardener’s Walk
25 September, 11:00 – 12:30
Booking essential, £27.50
Take in the seasonal highlights of the garden with an exclusive tour with the Head Gardener, Chris Flynn. Pick up hints and tips and learn more about the garden projects and the development of the garden. After strolling the gardens, enjoy a buffet lunch in the café with ingredients from the kitchen gardens.
26 October - 31 October, 11:00 – 16:00
Booking essential, £4 per pumpkin
Get messy and creative this autumn and show off your best carving skills. Carve the scariest, funniest or silliest pumpkin this October and take it home for your garden. Wear warm clothing and wellies as this event will be outdoors.
Autumn apprentice trail
26 October - 3 November, 10:00 – 15:00
Booking not needed, normal admission prices apply
Do you have what it takes to be a Dyffryn gardener? Have a go at some typical garden tasks that they complete this time of year. Rake some leaves, identify some plants and trees and see if you can keep up. Their gardeners wear warm, waterproof clothing this time of year so recommend you do too.
To plan a visit, go to: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/autumn-in-wales
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