Apple Day at Houghton Lodge Gardens 25th September
Apple identification, apple tasting and how to prune and grow English heritage apples at Houghton Lodge Gardens in association with Sparsholt College.
Mr. Chris Bird, M.Hort (RHS) of Sparsholt College will be on hand, along with some of his former students for a day of historic apple wisdom!
With the trend of organic fruit and veg, ‘grow your own’ and farmer’s markets, there’s been a marked increase in the public’s interest in apples and what’s growing in our own gardens. This Apple Day will have fruit tree experts with a specialist knowledge of Heritage Apples on site to answer questions and offer advice. The public will be able to view, taste, ask questions and see a huge variety of Heritage Apples.
‘Heritage Apples’ are varieties not found in shops and super markets. These are historic apples that were grown eighty or so years ago when the UK was full of orchards. Many orchards along with a large variety of apples have since disappeared. This was due to lack of manpower after both world wars, new farming techniques and more profitable uses of the land. Nowadays, Heritage Apples are gown in private homes and houses such as Houghton Lodge Gardens, national trust properties and by volunteers for prosperity.
There will be plenty of parking for Apple Day. Visitors may also like to visit Houghton Lodge Gardens to see over 32 varieties of apple trees, as well as pear, nectarine and plum trees in the kitchen garden and great espalier pear tree with a span of over fifty feet – possibly the longest in the country!
Fruit from Houghton Lodge Gardens regularly appears in delicious forms of cakes and treats in the tea house ‘Daisy’s of Houghton’, which will be open for light lunches – and yes, Heritage Apple Cake will be on the menu!
Houghton Lodge Gardens and Sparsholt College Apple Day.
25th September 2016. 11am -4pm Adults £6.50, children over 3 £3.00, under 3’s free
Houghton Lodge Gardens open 10am-5pm, normal admission charges apply