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Pumpkins at Gardens of Easton Lodge for final open Sunday of the year





There will be pumpkin fun at the Gardens of Easton Lodge on October 23, the last Sunday open day of the season, including a pumpkin trail and craft activity for children.

There will be den building in the Lime Wood while children and their families will enjoy climbing into the treehouse and looking out over the autumnal landscape.

The Historic England grade II registered gardens at Little Easton, near Great Dunmow, will be looking lovely too. The dahlias and Michaelmas daisies will still be flowering in the Italian garden and walled kitchen garden, and the trees will be taking on their range of autumn colours.

Gardens of Easton Lodge Preservation Trust will be selling its pumpkins and squashes, including the weird but tasty tromboncino squashes (59828669)
Gardens of Easton Lodge Preservation Trust will be selling its pumpkins and squashes, including the weird but tasty tromboncino squashes (59828669)

And Gardens of Easton Lodge Preservation Trust archivists will be sharing stories of the gardeners who tended Easton Lodge over the years.

The trust will be selling its pumpkins and squashes, including the weird but tasty tromboncino squashes, and will have a well-stocked jam and jelly tombola. Other stalls will include a local plantsman, crafts and honey and bee products. And the RSPB, Woodland Trust and Essex Wildlife Trust will be at the gardens to talk to visitors about their work.

Local performer Richard Allen will be singing Rat Pack, jazz and other 1960s and '70s songs. And trust volunteers will provide tasty bacon rolls and home-made soup and cakes.

Dahlias and Michaelmas daisies will still be flowering in the Italian garden and walled kitchen garden (59828676)
Dahlias and Michaelmas daisies will still be flowering in the Italian garden and walled kitchen garden (59828676)

The new season of open days starts in February 2023, when the gardens will be full of snowdrops.

Easton Lodge dates back to Elizabeth I’s time. The original mansion was largely destroyed by fire and was rebuilt in 1847. It had to be refashioned again following another fire in 1918.

After the Second World War, when the estate was no longer needed for an airfield, it was returned to the Maynard family. Most of the mansion was pulled down and the gardens went untended. The remaining wing, now called Warwick House, is in private hands but its part of the original gardens are also open to visitors on Sunday open days.

Renowned Victorian landscape designer and architect Harold Peto shaped the gardens of Easton Lodge for Frances Evelyn "Daisy" Maynard, the Countess of Warwick. His designs include the sunken Italian garden and its 100ft long pond with water lilies, which has recently been restored; a treehouse which has been recreated; and a glade with Japanese rill and other features, which leads down to a trout lake.

Pumpkins at the Gardens of Easton Lodge (59828671)
Pumpkins at the Gardens of Easton Lodge (59828671)

Trust volunteers have gradually restored the gardens, planted up the kitchen garden again with lots of local historic fruit varieties and organise continuing restoration of the gardens key features.

For further information, go to www.eastonlodge.co.uk/whats-on.



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