During October, Doddington Hall near Lincoln keeps its Gardens open (Sundays only) so visitors can enjoy striking, picturesque autumnal colours which gently embrace the gardens before winter sets in.
Keen amateur photographers and artists are invited to make the most of the light and colours. Smartphone users may wish to enter Doddington’s social media competition.
Doddington Hall’s Gardens are well known for their spring bulbs, irises, summer herbaceous borders and frothy cow parsley wild walks but are also gaining popularity as a place to enjoy sublime autumn colours. Increasingly, visitors have found inspiration in the fiery, rich colours.
Claire Birch, who runs the Estate with her husband James Birch explained:
Our Gardens in autumn are very inspirational, so we welcome visitors who want to come and practice their amateur photography or painting skills as well as take the chance to enjoy the quiet reflective atmosphere.
The leaves, berries and autumnal blooms responsible for the colour change include crab apples, medlars, berries and rosehips, sorbus, sedum, and large numbers of autumn cyclamen and crocus. The planting has been carefully orchestrated over several generations to provide ‘pops’ or drifts of colour. The Kitchen Garden offers beautiful purple and green winter brassicas growing alongside squashes, chard, cordoned apples and quinces.
New this autumn is a special competition for users of smartphones. Visitors are invited to take a photo in the Gardens which captures the spirit of autumn and then submit it via Doddington Hall’s twitter, facebook or instagram accounts (between 20 Seotember and 18 October 2015).
The winning image will be turned into a Doddington Hall greeting card and its photographer will receive a £50 Doddington Hall voucher. Full entry details on www.doddingtonhall.com
Doddington Hall’s Gardens are open on Sundays only throughout October, 11am to 4pm.
Admission is Adults £6 / Children (16 & under) £3 / Family (two adults and up to four children) £15. Amateur photographers and artists are welcome to work while the Gardens are open at no additional cost. Commercial photography is not permitted.
For more information, please visit www.doddingtonhall.com or call 01522 694 308.
About Doddington Hall
Doddington Hall is a much loved family home and has never been sold since it was designed in 1595 by Robert Smythson, one of England’s foremost Elizabethan architects. The mellow brick exterior with its walled courtyards has barely changed while the interior was redecorated in Georgian times in a light and elegant style. The original walled courtyards now enclose fabulous formal gardens whilst beyond the walls you will discover romantic wild gardens and nature walks.
Over 400 years of unbroken family occupation has resulted in fascinating collections of furniture, paintings, ceramics, textiles, porcelain, household objects along with a wealth of amusing stories. A visit to Doddington offers a unique insight into family life through the ages and the challenges of looking after such a house in the 21st Century.
In 2005, Antony & Victoria Jarvis passed Doddington Hall to their eldest daughter Claire, and her husband James Birch. Claire & James are the fifth family to enjoy the role of ‘guardian’ to Doddington Hall.