Autumn colour at Emmetts Garden

Enjoy a dazzling display of autumn colour at Emmetts Garden as you wander through a landscape glittering with oranges and reds. We've listed some of our autumnal highlights for you below to help you make the most of your visit. Follow us on Facebook to keep up to date on our autumn colour and when it looks its best.

The burnt toffee tree at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Burnt toffee tree

The katsura tree, otherwise known as the burnt toffee tree, is truly exceptional. Every autumn the foliage begins to give off a tempting aroma that smells just like burnt sugar, or candyfloss. This is a tree that needs to be seen (or sniffed) to be believed.

Winged spindle tree in autumn at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Winged spindle

The winged spindle tree arguably looks its best during the autumn months, when the leaves turn a fiery red. When the sunlight illuminates the leaves, the colouring is just fantastic.

The stewartia pseudocamellia in autumn at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Bark appeal

The stewartia pseudocamellia puts on a great autumn show, not only with its gorgeous yellow leaves, but with its peeling bark. Native to Japan and Korea, it exfoliates in strips of grey, orange and reddish brown.

Japanese maple in autumn at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Jolly Japanese maples

Acer trees are well known for their stunning foliage and these Japanese maples are no exception. The amber colours look fantastic in the autumn sunshine.

liquidambar acalycina in autumn at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Burgundy flush

Native to Eastern Asia, the liquidambar acalycina or burgundy flush turns red in spring and green in summer. In autumn the leaves turn back to a gorgeous translucent burgundy or red as they get ready to fall.

The woods in autumn at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Autumn woodland

Autumn is a spectacular time of year to go for a walk in the woods. Enjoy the crunching of golden leaves underfoot, discover shiny conkers and take in the fresh air. The changing of colours in the trees is not to be missed.

Fly agaric growing at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Fungi heaven

The damp woodlands provide ideal conditions for fungi. Look out for the distinctive red and white spotted fly agaric or the smelly stinkhorn, but take care not to touch as many fungi are poisonous.

Drones or remote controlled aerial devices cannot be flown in Knole Park.

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All aerial activity above our sites is prohibited according to an existing byelaw. Please leave your drones at home as drone flying isn’t allowed over National Trust land.

The rock garden in autumn at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Things to see and do at Emmetts Garden 

Different gardens, views and events here mean there’s always something to interest you, your family and friends. Find a garden to suit your taste