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Another successful Orchard Festival at The Vyne

October 18, 2012

Author: Tanya Aldridge [Seasonal gardener]

The 13th October saw another highly successful and busy autumn festival staged within our Walled garden. Despite a mixed day of weather approximately 1600 visitors enjoyed apple tasting, Hog roast, various crafts, tree climbing, prize raffles and even discovered bee keeping with support from our friends from the Basingstoke Bee Keeping Association.

Apples and local crafts galore

On the run up to the event there had been a growing chill in the air as the first frosts started to appear. It is a real pleasure to work here at the Vyne, tending the various gardens and being outdoors makes you acutely aware of the seasons.  Autumn is particularly beautiful with the changing trees reflected across the North and lower lakes.

Although the soft fruit season is drawing to a close now in the Walled Garden, except for the later fruiting raspberries, there is still plenty of activity as work needs to continue into the winter.

A selection of our prestigious pumpkins from the garden

Most of our pumpkins have now been harvested and stored ready for our forthcoming Halloween events.

During the last few weeks running up to the Orchard event our volunteers have busily picked over three thousand apples, quite a challenge bearing in mind the news of other properties having experienced very poor harvests due to an exceptionally wet year hampering our valuable pollinators the bees. All this effort delivered apples galore available for all our visitors to taste and buy on the day.

Judging by the crowds and smiles, people genuinely appreciated being given the opportunity to try all the different varieties of apple on offer, many of them not available in the supermarkets. The event created a great atmosphere as visitors sampled apples, discussed their merits with our friendly garden volunteers and staff and drank locally produced cider whilst Morris men entertained everyone in various parts of the grounds.

Our children’s toys continue to be ever popular in the walled garden and although some have suffered from over enthusiastic playing, most are thankfully still intact for next year.

The Orchard harvest event is a regular occurrence here at The Vyne so if you missed us this time round hopefully we will see you next season for some delectable fruit tasting and a great day out for all. With that in mind why not put a note in your diaries to check our forth coming events for 2013. See our events

In the mean time our ‘International Garden Photographer of the year‘ exhibition runs until 22nd December 2012 and is located in the Stone Gallery. It’s well worth a visit to see some of the wonderfully creative scenes from selected winners of this prestigious competition.

Looking ahead to 2013

On the horizon, we are all looking forward to the start of the ‘Hidden Garden’ project which subject to planning permissions work will commence on over the coming months. This will create an exciting and interesting new attraction for 2013. As always we will keep you posted on developments over the coming months as work takes shape. Stay tuned…

Bee keeping, Basket making and Thrive clients promoting sustainable gardening and vegetable produce from the walled garden.

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