Autumn in the garden

An autumn visit to the rock garden

You’ll find real variety through the seasons in our seven hectare garden – from the formal fruit wall to the wilder landscape of the magnificent limestone rock garden. Voted second top garden to visit in the North West 2018/19 by readers of Garden News Magazine.

Autumn Warmth

As nature starts to wind down for (dare we say it) winter, now’s the time to soak up the sights and smells all around us before things go to sleep.

One of the most beautiful displays of autumn colour can be found in the rock garden. You can’t miss the Acers, which are ablaze with colours ranging from deep butter yellow through to burnt oranges and reds. 

sizergh autumn

The kitchen garden remains busy with brassicas still going strong, such as kale and chard. It's the season of squash and apples - both are delivered to our café team to make heart-warming squash soups and spiced toffee apple cake.

You'll find many rare and unusual varieties of apple in the Orchard, where the trees are laden with fruit, ready for picking and juicing. As well as apple harvesting, there's also honey harvesting! The Orchard also houses the bee hives, and at this time of year the bee keeper arrives to collect the honey from the hives. 

After the wonderful show of Dahlia’s at the end of the summer, the garden team will be busy lifting and storing the tubers so they can be replanted next year. 

Male hawfinch at Sizergh

Tips for twitchers 

Hawfinches are a shy species and usually require patience and a keen eye to spot. However, one of the best places to catch a glimpse is on the Sizergh estate. Join ranger Rob and see what you can spot.