Autumn colour at Stowe

As summer draws to a close, welcome in the damp mornings and sunny days whilst making the most of the afternoon sun. The gardens develop rich autumn hues of reds, golds and oranges creating a bright display that marks this seasonal change. Discover a kaleidoscope of colour and stop off for tea-time treats in the cosy café.


The garden and park at Stowe were designed not only as a show garden, but also used for the production of food. Autumn was always an important time for harvest and we maintain parts of the historic working estate today. In late summer you'll find plums, and heading into autumn the apples, quinces and pears all ripen. 

Autumn colour

Autumn colour evolves through the garden, providing a wonderful display from early September all the way through until November. Starting with hips and haws berries, the leaves changing colour on the trees and finally fallying away. Keep your eyes peeled for emerging fungi for autumn interest - be careful not to touch the fungi and wash your hands before eating to be safe. During the 18th century many trees were introduced from North America, such as acers, tulip trees and American oaks. The America area, just beyond Lord Cobham's Pillar, is a great spot to enjoy some vibrant early autumn colour. 

Autumn watch

We know many of you will be ringing us to find out when the best of the autumn colour is. Awaiting mother nature and her whims has proven difficult with climate change in recent years making it difficult to predict. We'll be tracking the colour throughout the season on Twitter. Help us by sharing your pictures of Stowe to tell us where the best places are and when with #EveryoneNeedsNature @NTStowe


From our garden to yours…

To celebrate the launch of the National Trust’s School of Gardening book we will be sharing seasonal hints and tips across the garden on our log slices. Pick up a postcard from the New Inn courtyard or shop and make a note of any tips you see during your visit or ask the garden and park team a question when you see them out and about.

Don't forget to stop by the shop to browse our selection of peat-free seasonal plants from our regularly refreshed range carefully chosen from family run UK suppliers and pick something up to add to your own outdoor space.

Feel free to stop and chat to any of the gardeners at Stowe, they love to talk about what they're working on.
A man smiles as he talks to a lady and shows her some purple flowers
Feel free to stop and chat to any of the gardeners at Stowe, they love to talk about what they're working on.

Meet the team

Find the team working in the garden and take the opportunity to discover more about the work they are doing and ask any questions you might have. The team can be found on the following dates, 10am-3pm:

  • Wednesday 15 September - Lamport Garden
  • Wednesday 22 September - Labyrinth 

Try a midweek visit

We’re busiest at weekends, so if you’re looking for a more peaceful day out, visit during the week to enjoy the crunch of leaves underfoot.