Sadly, here at Dalemain we have decided not to go ahead with our Harvest celebrations this Autumn.

We loved the event last year and had some great ideas for building upon it in 2020, however we have reluctantly decided that we are not in a position to hold a large scale event with the current ongoing threat of coronavirus. The safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff has to be our first priority, and we feel that it is safer to delay the event and come back even bigger and better in 2021, rather than struggling to adapt it for the current circumstances.

We hope that you will understand, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back next September to celebrate all things autumnal!

Although the celebrations will not take place, the gardens are open Sunday – Thursday throughout September and are full of gorgeous Autumn colour. We have been busy harvesting rose petals while the weather is dry, and have lavender and artensia for our anti-moth strategy this winter! We have seen lots of red squirrels in the garden, which has been wonderful, and the bees have been intensely busy. They suffered from a lack of pollen in the drought, so the marmalade that was left over from the Awards this year will be fed to them over winter. They love it!

There have been very few apples this year, owing to the late frost in spring, but we have been busy taking cuttings of our rare plants so that we can look after them over the winter months. From next week we will have plants from the garden available so that people can come and buy good clumps from our corner barn shop.

We hope to welcome you to Dalemain soon.