It was an early garden visit this month. We popped over to York on Saturday, the 1st of November, to see Daniel so while we were there, we decided to visit the Museum Gardens.
York Museum Gardens are botanic gardens in the centre of York beside the River Ouse in the former grounds of St Mary's Abbey.
The abbey ruins form a wonderful backdrop to the garden.
The colours of autumn are in full swing in this garden, fallen leaves litter the ground and turn the grass and pavements in to a scrunchy carpet.
There are a number of different beds and borders in the garden, each devoted to a different type of plant, The Oriental Bed, Wildlife Border, The Prairie Bed, Fern Garden and The Rockery. Most of the borders are passed their best at this time of year but I'm sure they look stunning in summer.
The Butterfly Border was designed to supply nectar for butterflies, bees, moths and other insects. Its planting reflects this.
It must be a real butterfly magnet in summer, though most of the plants have now finished blooming for this year.
There are several historic buildings in the gardens, The York Observatory being one. It was built in 1832 and houses the oldest working telescope in Yorkshire. I must ask Daniel if he's visited the observatory, he's studying Physics with Astrophysics at York University so I'm sure it would be of interest to him.
The flower beds to the back of the observatory are inspired by space, stars and the planets.
There's some wonderful container planting in the entrances to the gardens. I like how lots of mismatched pots have been used and many different plants are in the display.
The Hospitium was built around the 14th century as one of St Mary's Abbey's support buildings. It's where the pilgrims who visited the abbey would be fed and housed. Today, the hospitium can be hired as a wedding venue. What a beautiful backdrop the gardens would be for a wedding.
There are some beautiful trees in the gardens too. Many are home to semi-tame grey squirrels, some of which will allow you to hand feed them peanuts.
Not many plants were at their peak, but there was still colour to be found.
It's wonderful to find such a beautiful green space, and one with so much history too, in the heart of a city. This is another garden I shall return to in summer as I'm sure it will be spectacular then.
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