Visitors to Clumber Park this October half term are on the hunt for the hidden pumpkins, gourds and squashes in a fascinating family-friendly Pumpkin Trial.
Every year the gardens team at Clumber grows pumpkins, squashes and gourds for the café, pumpkin display and trail in the Walled Kitchen Garden, which this year has a folklore and Halloween traditions theme.
Head gardener Christopher Margrave said: “We usually harvest the pumpkins in early October before the frosts can damage them and put them on display in the glasshouse.
“Stars this October are the bottle gourds, the ‘Turk’s Turban’, ‘Claws’, which looks like a baby octopus, and ‘Sicilian Serpent’, which has the appearance of a green snake.
“So far we haven’t had a frost, so dahlias, asters and sedums in the garden are still looking good alongside the hardy winter savoys, leeks and kales.
“Under glass, pelargoniums and chrysanthemums are flowering and in addition to all the pumpkins, we’ve also got over 40 apple varieties on display from our apple collection.”
The pumpkin trail runs until this Sunday, November 1. For further information on the events call 01909 544 917, email Clumberpark@nationaltrust.org.uk or visit website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/clumber-park