Shades of autumn in the gardens at Calke Abbey
There’s plenty to enjoy in Calke’s gardens at this warm and colourful time of year. Make the most of the remaining summer colours in the Flower Garden and look out for bursts of vibrant orange in the pumpkin display.
An apple a day
An autumn highlight, the Orchard is a haven of peace at this time of year. Take a stroll through the trees to discover local and historic apple varieties, or take a seat to admire the trees in full fruit.
Learn all there is to know about this versatile fruit at our popular event on Apple Day (Sun 13 Oct) where you can taste, peel and juice our many varieties of home-grown apple – a fun day for the whole family. Find full details on the What's On page of the website.
Among the last bursts of summer colour, you’ll start to see the rich shades of autumn taking over the garden this season.
Look out for a mix of edible pumpkins, squashes and marrows, with lots of hard-skinned ornamental gourds. There's a beautiful autumnal display on the auricula theatre in the Flower Garden which makes for a great photograph.
Don’t miss the dahlia border in Central Yard, which promises a medley of colour in the autumn. The dahlias are planted in summer and by this time of year, they're looking rather spectacular.
When you come to experience the changing seasons, it helps us to keep Calke's gardens bursting with colour.