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Autumn colour
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Autumn Colour

May 30, 2020 11:00 am - October 31, 2020 5:00 pm

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Star performers include our glorious maples – Acer rubrum ‘October glory’ – an impressive tulip tree that turns a yellow gold, the burnt orange leaves of the oak and an avenue of limes that turn pale yellow-green.

There is plenty of colour in the herbaceous borders that edge the length of the Long Pond, with Mexican sunflowers still out in force as well as burnished orange heleniums. Dahlias and Michaelmas daisies are still lighting up the borders, and there are giant pumpkins and an array of gourds on display in the historic kitchen garden.

“We will have measures in place to ensure that all safety guidelines are followed.”

Over the past few months it’s been all hands to the trowel, and the family along with Jo and Clem have been working away in the garden to ensure it is looking its absolute best. Come and enjoy the fruits of their labour.

We will need the support of everyone to enable us to keep Forde Abbey House and Gardens safely open. We kindly ask that visitors practice strict social distancing guidelines, and encourage visitors to wash their hands regularly and stay in their household groups only. We have measures in place to ensure that all safety guidelines are followed, because our number one priority is to support the government’s efforts to limit the spread of the virus.

You do not have to come and book a time slot, just come and maintain social distancing. Whilst the tearooms are open, you can also bring a picnic to enjoy in the gardens. Well behaved dogs on short leads are very welcome.

It would greatly help us, if you could buy your tickets online in advance.   BUY TICKETS  

Similarly, you can renew your membership online. RENEW MEMBERSHIP


“We look forward to welcoming our members and visitors safely into the gardens and to bringing the joy of plants, flowers, trees and nature back into people’s lives, which for so many will be a much needed tonic.”

Please note our mobility scooter and wheelchairs are currently not available for hire.


May 30, 2020 11:00 am
October 31, 2020 5:00 pm


Forde Abbey
Forde Abbey
Chard, Somerset TA20 4LU United Kingdom
01460 220231


Forde Abbey
01460 220231

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