Himalayan Garden is set to open for autumn

Gardener Mike Harding and owner Peter Roberts on the look-out for subjects for the half-term wildlife trail. (S)
Gardener Mike Harding and owner Peter Roberts on the look-out for subjects for the half-term wildlife trail. (S)

The award-winning Himalayan Garden near Ripon is to open its gates to the public during autumn for the first time.

The 20-acre site at Grewelthorpe, which includes a sculpture park, traditionally only opens in the spring.

But this year the gardens will also be open from Friday, October 25 to Sunday, November 3, from 10.30am to 4pm.

Owner Peter Roberts said: “The gardens are set to look fantastic with lots of beautiful autumnal colours. Also, as it is half-term week, there will be plenty of kid’s activities including a wildlife and sculpture trail, den building, scavenger hunt and a spooky woodland walk.

“It will also be a great opportunity for gardening enthusiasts to visit the nursery where some 200 different varieties of rhododendron, as well as many other shrubs, will be on sale.”

2013 has seen some dramatic new installations – including a lakeside Chinese pagoda – and Wave, a 15m floating sculpture by acclaimed artist Rebecca Newnhan, joining some 60 other sculptures spread throughout the gardens.

Entry to the Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park between October 25 and November 3 is £5, children under-12 free.