As darker nights approach, there’s nothing to beat a nice stroll through an interesting garden in the autumn sunshine (well, we can hope for sunshine can’t we?)

And if you can get to Oxford Botanic Gardens this weekend it’s currently hosting a photographic installation called Hard Rain – Remaking a World Gone Wrong – set to Bob Dylan music. Entry to the exhibition is free when you pay for entry to the gardens (£3)

The garden is one of Britain’s oldest botanical garden and as well as its traditional walled garden, there is a water garden and rock garden. Where possible, they label all plants so you can decide if one that catches your eye would be suitable for your own plot. You can get details of opening times here.

If that’s too far to travel, there’s still no excuse for not getting outdoors for a stress-busting stroll amongst greenery. Wherever you live, there should be somewhere nearby offering some type of autumn event.

The National Trust, for example, has an online list with details of garden properties around the country and at the moment, many are organising Hallowe’en events including ghost tours and bat hunts. Visit the National Trust website for more details see here.

And if you are stuck at home for some reason, then at least get out into your own garden before the winter weather really sets in.

There are plenty of online gardeners’ calendars to help you prioritise your end-of-season tasks. (Hands up all those who can’t wait for the autumn leaves to stop dropping. If you have trees near your home, you’ll know just what I mean. Sweeping up leaves at the back door at this time of year is a bit like painting the Forth Bridge. By the time you finish, it’s time to start over !)



And if you’d like some inspiration for your garden, yard or patio you should check out Growsonyou. It’s a website where gardeners of all abilities can share tips, problems – and even gardens. There is a searchable list of gardens that are open to the public and the site has just launched a seed exchange where you can swap seeds harvested from your own plants.





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