Sunday 1st October 2017, 11am -4pm
Free to attend Apple Day event which will be hosted in The Orangery. To visit the gardens, normal admission applies.
Following the success of the 2016 Apple Day, Houghton Lodge Gardens will be hosting another celebration of heritage apples on Sunday 1st October.
Join Mr. Chris Bird, M.Hort (RHS) of Sparsholt College when he returns with some of his former students for a day of historic apple wisdom! There will be plenty of opportunity to ‘ask the experts’ on fruit tree growing, cultivating and pruning along with the chance to view and taste the many varieties.
‘Heritage Apples’ are varieties not available across today’s supermarkets and shops. They were in abundance around 80 years ago when apple orchards were on every corner and in most gardens, but sadly with the lack of manpower after both world wars, new farming techniques and more profitable uses of the land, the orchards were lost.
Visitors may also like to visit Houghton Lodge Gardens to see over 32 varieties of apple trees, as well as pear 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 on the tearoom menu. Honesty at Houghton Lodge Gardens will be open for light lunches – and yes, Heritage Apple Cake will be on the menu along with other treats on the day and fresh bread for sale.
Author Charlotte Popescu will be selling The Apple Cookbook, which celebrates the versatility of the apple. Included are more than 180 delicious recipes – starters, supper dishes, salads, chutneys, jams, scrumptious tea-time treats and plenty of puddings.
Houghton Lodge Gardens and Sparsholt College Apple Day.
Sunday 1st October
Adults £6.50, children over 3 £3.00, under 3’s free