Evenley Wood Garden
Set amongst the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside, this 60-acre, a private woodland garden contains a large and notable collection of plants ranging from unusual trees and shrubs, to a wide range of selected lilies and other bulbs.
The garden’s unusual band of acid soil, in this otherwise predominantly alkaline area, provides the opportunity to cultivate plants such as rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias, which would not ordinarily thrive in this location. From the emergence of the first snowdrops in January, right through to its wonderful autumn hues, there’s something for all to see throughout the seasons in Evenley Wood Garden.
Carpets of named snowdrops in February run into wonderful spring bulbs and the garden’s 800m long Scilla ‘stream’ as the garden jumps into life. Some 150 magnolias follow and are later joined by the first flush of new leaves, rhododendrons and azaleas. As the season slows down a wonderful display of autumn colours can be seen in the leaf, bark, seeds and berries of the garden’s plant collection, ranging from beautiful rustic oranges and fiery reds to greens, gold and brown. Collections of particular note in the garden include oak, pear, apple, maple and what is possibly the largest collection of euonymus in Europe. These sit alongside hardy bulb collections including lilies, spanning all hybrid types, scillas and snowdrops.
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With a hope that the Garden will be in its best, we have reserved two weekends in our calendar just for Autumn Colours. However, an arrival of Autumn Colours is as unpredictable as the British weather, so let’s see if we’ve got it right. The majority of autumn-flowering bulbs have been planted along the paths. In Bowl and Stream Garden, you might be surprised to see autumn-flowering Galanthus corcyrensis, along with North Glade’s patches of Cyclamen hederofolium. The range of Hydrangeas, such H. macrophylla ‘Blue Sky‘, H. paniculata ‘Pink Diamond‘ are the other stars of the Autumn Show. The oak Quercus rubra aurea ‘Evenley Gold’ sitting just in the centre of the garden, holds its gold colour into August and then turns a red.
For more autumnal attractions, South Path houses a range of horse chestnuts. See the yellows, greens and browns that dominate Aesculus’s leaf foliage, and of course, a mass of large spiny fruits perfectly ripe for conker season. Middle Glade offers a chance to see Betula albosinensis ‘Kansu‘, a tree with remarkable bark. The reddish bark of Acer griseum catches attention all year around. With an extensive network of paths giving the opportunity for hours of exploration.
Are you looking for a venue to run your private function? We can accommodate you. We welcome events, corporate or private, in what is a unique, setting for any occasion. We do wedding receptions in the Garden too. If you would like to arrange your dream day in a natural area, please visit us or give us a call and we will provide you more information.