Green to gold

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Autumn at Polesden Lacey © Adrian Lawes

As the weather changes for most of us from today and temperatures drop from that mini-Indian Summer we had for a couple of days, the early morning mists and fogs that some of us have experienced are a reminder that Autumn is getting close.

Autumn means the myriad of colours as green turns to gold. So where are some places to see the best examples? Obvious suggestions like Kew Gardens in London, the National Botanical Gardens near Carmarthen, the National Arboretum at Westonbirt and the Royal Botanical Garden in Edinburgh are fairly obvious places to go.

And don’t forget to visit the botanical gardens near where you live. Sometimes the most astonishing sights mean you don’t even need to stray far from the city centre such as the Birmingham Botanical Gardens right in the middle at Edgbaston, Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Cambridge University Botanic Garden or the Belfast Botanic Gardens near the Ulster Museum.

Obviously some of the best sites may be found in National Trust properties where the gardens are part of the legacy of the properties left or acquired by them. So Igtham Moat, Sheffeld Park, Polesden Lacey, Killiecrankie near Pitlochry, and Powis Castle come to mind. And there are plenty or private gardens that should attract you such as Gregynog, the former home of the Misses Davies who donated their French Impressionist collection to the National Museum in Cardiff.

Sheffield Park © Jules Hill

But some of the best places I have dound are those found by accident just by catching a train or driving along. Take the A484 out of Carmarthen and the road leads you alongside the River Gwili, the Gwili railway and through mile after mile of woodland. the changing colours refelect every different sort of brown or gold you will likely see. the A84/A85 from Callender to Tyndrum in the Trossachs passes through some splendid country. Yes, there a lot of conifers as well but they intermingle with the broadleaf particularly as the road passes Loch Lubnaig. I have never travelled the railway line from Golspie to Ardguy in Autumn but I would imagine that that would also be a route to see changing colours.

It’s that time when getting out and about is going to give us one of the best visitor sights that we can see.

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