Autumn colour at Kingston Lacy

The autumn colour at Kingston Lacy is not to be missed this year. Discover the best spots around the garden, what to look out for and where's best to catch a falling leaf.

Autumn walks with the head gardener

Fridays, 6, 13, 20, 27 October 2017. Start 11am

Join the Head Gardner at Kingston Lacy for an exclusive walk around the garden and parkland taking in the spectacular autumn colour. After the walk enjoy a warm lunch in the stables cafe where there will be a chance to ask questions and discover more about the garden and its stories. £20 per person (includes lunch). Normal admission applies. Booking essential via the What's on page or by phone 0344 249 1895.

A unique time of year

The fernery is a great place to spot some unusual looking fungi. The tree ferns start to close for winter in September and October and the falling leaves mean the usually sheltered paths benefit from streams of autumn sunshine.

What will you see sprouting from the ground this autumn?
Fungi on the cedar walk at Kingston Lacy

Exploring the Japanese garden

The seven acre Japanese garden holds the jewel in the crown of Kingston Lacy's autumn colour. Take time to lose yourself in the deep reds, rich oranges and golden yellows of the acer glade. In the Japanese garden there are over 40 varieties of acer and over 180 trees.

The vibrant reds of autumn contrast against blue skies
Red Japanese Acer leaves at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Not to be missed

The kitchen garden is a flurry of activity during September and October. The growing spaces are harvested of fresh seasonal veg which go on sale in the Produce Shop. Cook up some warming autumn food with leeks, sweetcorn, kale, parsnips, squash, pumpkins and knobbly gourds. Discover more about our honey bees in the bee room where you will also find our autumnal display.

Nature's bounty at harvest time
Nature's bounty at harvest time

The nursery wood

The abundance of deciduous trees in the nursery wood means there is lots of autumn colour. If you have the little ones with you, this would be the perfect place to try and catch a falling leaf.  This is also a great time of year to see the peeling bark on our Paperbark Maples.

Catch a single falling leaf or collect a bunch
Catch a falling leaf at Kingston Lacy