Boughton Gardens to open this Autumn
Boughton Gardens is set to open with the National Garden Scheme on Sunday 16 October.
For one day only this autumn, the gardens and parkland of Boughton House will open to the public in aid of the National Garden Scheme. The gardens will open on Sunday 16 October, 1pm-5pm, allowing visitors to explore the stunning landscape as it glistens for early autumn, with a proportion of the proceeds going to the charity.
David Cullum, Parks and Gardens Manager at Boughton House, said: “The National Gardens Scheme raises money for a number of important causes across the UK, and Boughton is delighted to offer its contribution. Last year we welcomed a bumper number of visitors who enjoyed walks around the gardens and tea and cake in the Stableyard Tearoom, we hope to beat that number again this year.”
The gardens of Boughton House have a long, interesting history. Ralph, the first Duke of Montagu (1638-1709), was influential in the early stages of the creation for the gardens and landscape at Boughton based on his association with Versailles. John, 2nd Duke of Montagu (1690-1749) then picked up the baton and evolved the landscape into what can be seen today. At that time the landscape covered 100 acres, with water features, splendid vistas and tree-lined avenues. Much of this has been restored at Boughton with some new projects starting soon.
Dave Cullum continues: “October is a lovely time to explore. It’s the time of harvesting produce from the kitchen garden and orchard, and the colours really start to change across the estate. Look out for the stunning acers and chrysanths and you won’t be able to miss the glistening reflections in the historic waterways.”
The Gardens at Boughton House will open between 1pm and 5pm on Sunday 16 October. Tickets cost £6 for adults and £3 for children. Booking is essential.
Visitors can enjoy light refreshments in the eighteenth century stable block and peruse the gift shop’s wide variety of crafts, food, jewellery, books, and more. The tearoom will also be open for tea and cakes.
Find out more about the National Gardens Scheme and the charities it supports here. https://www.ngs.org.uk.
Visitors to Northamptonshire’s Boughton House & Gardens – home to the Duke of Buccleuch - can enjoy early bird access to its celebrated Gardens in association with the National Gardens Scheme this month.
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