Autumn in the Garden at Dunham Massey

Bright red acer trees in the garden at Dunham Massey in autumn

Dunham Massey's unique garden is a treat for all the senses at this time of year. Enjoy an autumnal walk through the garden and experience the sights, sounds, smells, textures and even tastes of the garden as the colours change to vibrant reds, oranges and yellows in autumn. Pick up a copy of the Gardener's Notebook: Autumn Sensory Edition from the garden kiosk for a self-guided walk, or hop onto a guided tour to learn more about nature's greatest show.

Nature's greatest show at Dunham Massey, Cheshire

Autumn highlights

Notice the smell of candyfloss as you wander the canal border with the Katsura tree's decaying leaves emitting a lovely burnt sugar smell. Keep an eye our for the Japanese Maples as they change colour to vibrant reds and oranges from September onwards. On cold and frosty days, visit the garden early to see the autumnal colours reflecting on the water in the moat - you might even hear the distant sound of the deer rutting!

Home-grown produce, Dunham Massey, Cheshire

Home-grown produce

After relaxing in the garden, head over to the Stables Restaurant to warm up with seasonal dishes made from plants and veg grown in our newly renovated Kitchen Garden and other local produce grown on the wider Dunham Massey estate. The tomato and basil soup is a particular favourite - yum!

The work never stops for the gardeners at Dunham Massey, Cheshire

Keeping the gardeners busy in autumn...

On your visit you'll see the garden team hard at work throughout autumn. You might see them in the Kitchen Garden as they continue to plant veg for the winter or tidying the mount after the removal of Robinia trees earlier in the year - you might even see them giving the birch trees a sponge bath! One of their biggest jobs this autumn is dredging part of the stream to remove leaf litter and debris to let the water flow freely and protect the man-made brick walls.