Autumn at Kingston Lacy

Nature's bounty at harvest time

When autumn arrives Kingston Lacy bursts into colour, with yellows, oranges and reds painting a breathtaking picture across the garden and parkland. With fruits and vegetables ready to harvest and borders in bloom there is so much to discover this season.

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 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
What will you see sprouting from the ground this autumn?

Exploring the Japanese Garden

The 7 acre Japanese Garden holds the jewel in the crown of Kingston Lacy's autumn colour. There is 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 acer glades in autumn are magical
Autumn leaves at Kingston Lacy
The acer glades in autumn are magical

Four-legged explorers

Dogs can take their humans for a walk around the woodland walk to get to the Japanese Garden. There are more fungi to spot in the woodland and lots of falling leaves to crunch through. Find out more about our dog friendly routes around the garden.

Did someone say woodland walk?
Walking the dog at Kingston Lacy
Did someone say woodland walk?

Not to be missed

The Kitchen Garden is a flurry of activity during autumn. 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. Take a look at the newly restored Vinery, still home to the some of the historic vines.

The Nursery Wood

The abundance of deciduous trees in the Nursey 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. Don't miss the peeling bark on the Paperark Maples at this time of year.

Work in the garden

In Nursery Wood it’s planting time as the garden team prepare to plant almost 300 hundred new specimens to create a dazzling display next year. You may hear the hum of a tractor in the distance as the gardeners work on lawn maintenance. This involves aerating to relieve compaction, scarifying to remove dead material and feeding to promote a healthy root system. The result... a healthy green lawn next year.

Come back in spring to see new bedding displays in the parterre, which will take inspiration from Henrietta Bankes. Spring will also be the perfect time to visit the newly restored Vinery in the Kitchen Garden.