|RHS Hyde Hall in Essex - open to all for free this coming Friday, 5th October|
We're always accused of talking about the weather here in England, but as we say goodbye to September, I'm sorry to say that the long-awaited Indian summer never arrived and there are many parts of the country that have suffered more torrential rain and floods. Our gardens are looking sad and jaded after a long summer of rain and the leaves are turning on the trees, so hopefully we'll be treated to some spectacular autumn colours next month. But mark this coming Friday in your diary, rain or shine, because the RHS is opening all four of its gardens around the country for free!
|The Exotic Garden at Great Dixter is still looking good despite the wettest summer on record|
|Tom Coward has breathed new life into the garden at Gravetye Manor in Sussex|
|Rodmarton Manor has the finest Arts and Crafts garden in the country|
|There's always something to see in the glasshouses at RHS Wisley, even if it's raining!|