There's definitely been a chill in the air recently when we start work here first thing - it feels like autumn might be on the way. The days are still warm, though, and there's only a tiny inkling of the leaves turning on our magnificent trees.
We're still harvesting merrily in the Kitchen Garden, with the produce being used in some delicious seasonal dishes in the Café – look out for our popular daily lunch specials at the moment (served 12-2). The vines in our newly-planted vineyard are getting away nicely, and there will soon to hops to harvest on our hop poles. And the hens are now back in the Kitchen Garden, working on weeding and fertilising the beds as we move them around.
By the end of the month we will have said goodbye to most of the 119 sculptures which have called the Garden their home for the summer, as part of Art Unbound – you may find a few of our artists' wonderful creations still in situ when you visit.
September is World Alzheimer’s Month: did you know that one in 14 people over the age of 65 have been diagnosed with dementia? We have been working in partnership this year with the Gloucestershire Dementia Action Alliance and on Thursday 19th September we are hosting a free community awareness drop-in event between 11am and 2pm when you can come and find out more about the different forms of dementia, what a diagnosis means and the help available locally. There’s no need to book – just check in at the Welcome Desk.
From Tuesday 24th September we will once again be hosting the Painswick Orchard Group's wonderful apple press for our annual juicing sessions. So if you've fruit which you'd like to make into fresh, pasteurised juice, click here to read our blog and book in.
And to round off the month, on Thursday 26th there’s a chance to weave a beautiful traditional willow basket with the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen’s Susie Early (and also a local girl!). For more details and to book, visit our events page.
With free parking, freshly-ground coffee and delicious homemade cakes in our cafe, a visit to the Garden should be a treat for all ages. And our furry family members needn’t miss out on all the fun, as well-behaved dogs on leads are very welcome too. So bring everyone with you!