by Aspect County

Autumn Colour at Hever Castle & Gardens

Autumn Colour’ events at Hever Castle & Gardens will encourage visitors to include even more colour in their lives by revealing the secrets behind how to create a dye garden, as well as providing stimulating autumnal workshops and walks this October. Keen to add even more value for money, the team have planned a fungi pop-up, a colourful container workshop, tree tours, a talk on dahlias and how to create a dye garden this October, with all events covered by the admission price. 

Boston ivy flaming bright red at Hever Castle Gardens

Each week, the gardening team will run a Wednesday workshop focusing on the seasonal colour in the gardens created by William Waldorf Astor at the turn of the 20th century. Workshops will include a dahlia talk; a tremendous tree walk and a colourful container worship with Neil Miller (check below for specific dates). 

Botanical artist and Hever Castle gardener Felix will be showcasing the newly created dye garden’ on Friday 13th October and sharing tips on how the best plants to grow for dye harvesting and textile use. 

Head gardener Neil Miller is keen to showcase the colour on the Estate where visitors can explore 150 acres of formal gardens, roam around Lake Walk, find solace in Anne Boleyn’s Walk and create dens on Woodland Walk.

Neil explains: There’s something for everyone at Hever Castle & Gardens this autumn, we’ve really thought long and hard about how colourful the grounds are and how visitors can take some of this colourful knowledge home with them, be it how to create a colourful container filled with vibrant winter plants and bulbs ready to pop in the spring or creating their own dye-garden. 

Our younger visitors can learn tree facts that are dotted through the grounds and around Lake Walk. And our popular annual autumn trail will be available for visitors who we know love to walk beneath the turning trees at this time of year.”

Anne Boleyns orchard landscape

Funghi date: Friday 6th October

Dahlia Talk & Tour – Wednesday 4th October 11:30 & 14:00 – visitors will be taken on a tour and talk of the fabulous dahlia border in full bloom at Hever Castle & Gardens

Container Workshop – Wednesday 11th October 11:30 & 14:00 – Neil Miller, head gardener will show visitors how to create a delightful container full of bulbs and colour ready for spring

Tremendous Tree Tour – Wednesday 18th October 11;30 & 14;00 – Darren Clarke will take visitors on a tree tour to learn more about Japanese maples, acres and the colourful trees in the grounds at Hever Castle & Gardens

Dye Garden Talk and Tour – Friday 13th October 11:30 & 14:00 ‑botanical artist and gardener Felix will take visitors to the newly planted dye garden and share how natural plants are used to dye clothing and how you can plant your own dye garden at home.

The self-guided autumn tour and tree-facts information is available from the information hut from the 1st October – 31st October.