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5 gardens to see before the end of summer

Josh Carter
17th August 2018

With the glorious sunshine we are having here in Hertfordshire, it would be hard to think that autumn is on its way...but that really is the case! Despite this, the end of the summer and the move into fall is possibly the prettiest season of them all, with the flowers and trees giving one last crusade, making for a remarkable sight across Hertfordshire.

We’ve rounded up the very best places to see the vibrant summery and autumnal colours, from gardens to public parks, so take a look and catch one last burst of floral scents before the chill sets in! 

If you get out across the county don’t forget to tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram!

Knebworth House

Being one of Hertfordshire’s most iconic gardens, Knebworth House never disappoints and as the bright summer colours still pop across the 28 acres, you’ll be greeted with beauty on a visit right now. Take a stroll through the walled garden and you’ll be able to see the  start of the September fruits and vegetables just waiting to be picked by the gardeners. Knebworth is open to the public until the 30th September, so be sure get there soon! Discover Knebworth’s summer gardens

Hatfield House

Famously known for its daffodils in the spring, Hatfield House’s seventeenth century designed gardens are the perfect location for a day out in the summer. With a herb garden, sundial garden and pleached lime walk for those warmer September days, it won’t only be the childhood house of Queen Elizabeth I you will be admiring. If you’re lucky enough to spot the leaves turning before Hatfield House closes at the end of September, the woodland garden and parkland will certainly be worthy of an autumn stroll so have your blanket scarves and knitwear at the ready. Hatfield House’s historic gardens

Myddelton House and Gardens

With a recent restoration taking place in 2011, the gardens at Myddelton House are open year-round with sights to see such as The New River, Alpine Meadow and the rescued Market Cross from Enfield. However what truly makes Myddelton House special are the unusual and exotic plants, which explode with colour in autumn like the arboretum around them, and with a pond in the middle providing reflections, it’s Instagram heaven too! Autumnal paradise at Myddelton House

Henry Moore Studios and Gardens

The sculptures that are dotted around Henry Moore Studio’s garden are picturesque whatever the season or weather, but autumnal colours make the bronze statues even more dramatic. With the gardens open until the end of October, there’ll be plenty of time to catch those orange colours in the 70 acres of grounds. If you’re unlucky with the weather on your visit, Henry Moore’s studio and Hoglands House tour provide an interesting escape. Bronze statues and leaves at Henry Moore

The Ashridge Estate

With the Chiltern Hills on Hertfordshire’s west border, natural beauty can also be captured in the county. Ashridge Estate, part of the Chiltern AONB, is the ideal spot to appreciate those golden tree leaves and long orange sunlight rays as the autumn arrives. With 5000 acres to explore, encompassing chalk downlands, meadows and wild animals, multiple visits throughout the seasons to the rolling hills would be a perfect way to enjoy the changing scenery. Seasonal colours at Ashridge

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