Hole Park Gardens in Kent are renowned for their beauty all year round including the spectacular autumn colour. The magnificent mature trees and Japanese Maples provide striking autumn colour around the 16 acre gardens and 10 acre woodland.
Visitors can take a scenic walk along the pathways through the gardens and woodlands to enjoy all the colours of the autumn. The stunning exotic border is also a riot of colour at this time of the year, particularly showcasing the cannas and dahlias. The late flowering and striking agapanthus ‘Hole Park Blue’ is also an impressive sight.
Head Gardener, Quentin Stark said: “After all the regular rain across the summer, the exotic border has filled out beautifully with Dahlias, Brugmansias and Cannas which will continue to flower well into the autumn.
The former rose garden is continuing to perform really well and has a mix of good reliable plants like Rudbeckia ‘Goldstern’, Achellias, Echinacea purpurea, Penstemon and the more unusual plants like the fabulous shrub Vitax agnus-caste and Strobilanthus and the long flowering Berkheya.
Also, look out for the delightful carved wooden sculpture of a family of bears climbing a tree to reach a honey pot and can peer into the renovated ‘Ice House’ which was built in around 1740 to store ice long before the days of refrigeration.
After a walk, visitors can choose to visit the Coach House Tearoom which has a new autumn menu. The tearoom has retained its 5-star hygiene rating from Ashford Borough Council following a recent inspection. The new menu features a wide variety of options including a varied selection of filled roles, seasonal homemade soup, ploughman platters, pork pies, quiche of the day and a delicious selection of cakes.
Open on Wednesday and Thursdays until the end of October in addition to Sundays on 1, 8, 15 22 and 29 October 2023. Opening hours 11am to dusk.
For more information on Hole Park Gardens, please visit www.holepark.com or call 01580 241344