Harvest bonanza at Arundel Castle’s gardens

Harvest bonanza at Arundel Castle’s gardens

The West Sussex castle is awash with autumnal colour as it enters harvest season with a bumper crop of fruit and vegetables in its gardens. 

It’s harvest season at Arundel Castle as apples, squashes and pumpkins are all ripening in its highly acclaimed organic kitchen garden.

Visitors to the castle will be able to enjoy a beautiful display of pumpkins and squashes inside the Victorian Vine House, built in 1852.

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The apple archways also look stunning with an array of Sussex varieties, from the crisp, dry ‘Egremont Russet’ to ‘Charles Ross’, a versatile, juicy classic and the enormous cooking apple ‘Peasegood nonesuch’ surrounding the central fountain. In fact, apples from every corner of Sussex are represented at the castle. Surplus produce not used by the castle is available to the public via an honesty box in the Vine House.

Head gardener Martin Duncan said: “As the summer months draw to a close it may be easy to assume garden season is over, but with a bumper apple harvest and a breathtaking range of autumnal colour, including our impressive salvia collection, we’re very happy to prove that assumption wrong.”

The castle gardens are open from 10am until 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday until October 29, 2017. Tickets start from £11. A season ticket to the gardens is available for £33. For more information, please visit www.arundelcastle.org.

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