Posted by: marymarthatours | October 18, 2012

English Gardens in September

Martha and I plan most of our tours to Great Britain for the month of September. We like the facts that airfare is cheaper, the sightseeing is less crowded, and the temperatures are mild. But we are often asked, especially by gardeners, whether the gardens are worth seeing in September.


Walled garden at Castle Howard, Yorkshire, September 2012

Oh yes, they are! September is a fabulous month in the English garden. Many summer flowers are still in bloom; the fall flowers are just beginning; late-flowering shrubs are in full display; and roses are having a beautiful last fling.

Here is an album of favorite garden photos from this year’s England in Miniature Tour to let you know what you can experience in an English garden in September.

The exuberance of masses of colorful annuals and perennials

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Potted and planted flowers at Dalemain House


The wild profusion of a cottage garden



Garden at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and closeup at Dove Cottage garden


The elegance of perennial borders

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The long borders at Felley Prior Garden


 The whimsy of art in the garden

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Peter Rabbit at Hill Top Farm, Wicker horses and Martha with friend at Nunnington Hall


 The pleasure and intrigue of a historical garden


Recreated Elizabethan garden at Kenilworth Castle


And the beauty of roses everywhere

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In 2013, our tour will focus on quilting and textiles in the UK. Our next garden tour is in the planning stage for September 2014. We’re working on an itinerary that will include gardens in Wales and the English Lake District. We’d love to have you come with us.

(by Mary)

Photos by Mary and 2012 tour participants, Joanne B. and Jenny L. Used by permission.


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