Autumn colour at The Weir Garden

Golden trees in the garden

Embrace the seasonal changes as the summer comes to an end and the bright, crisp autumn days begin. The Weir Garden is now open on weekends only until October half term, when we're open daily.

After a long summer the garden begins to prepare for the autumn. First to change are the leaves on the trees, a special time of the year when vibrant red, orange and brown displays please visitors from all walks of life before dropping to the ground.

A lovely autumnal day at the garden
The Weir wooden bridge covered in a carpet of leaves
A lovely autumnal day at the garden

Sand Martins who reside along the river prepare for their arduous journey abroad and autumn migratory birds begin making an appearance; Fieldfare and Redwing can be spotted around the garden from September onwards and migratory water fowl such as geese and swans begin to arrive. If you're lucky, you may spot a resting Little Egret upon the riverside bank opposite the garden, their brilliant white plumage makes them difficult to miss. 

The impressive colours of autumn at The Weir
The river lined with orange and red foliage
The impressive colours of autumn at The Weir

Our Boathouse Otters will stay local; Otters have a double layer coat meaning they keep warm throughout the autumn and winter.

Inside the walled garden, the gardeners have been busy lifting Dahlias and Cannas from the flower beds into the glasshouse where they will be kept warm and dormant throughout the winter months.

A beautiful pom-pom shaped Dahlia
A pink pom-pom Dahlia for sale at The Weir
A beautiful pom-pom shaped Dahlia

The garden highlights throughout the autumn months include the greatly overlooked native Spindle tree which throughout the season gives off an impressive display of fiery red leaves and popcorn-like pink fruit. Teasels also dot throughout the riverside garden with their iconic spiky flower heads which will dry and last all winter outdoors; these are a favourite of the Goldcrest which feed on their seeds. The row of Manna ash trees give great autumn colour and make a great rustle in the wind and not forgetting the autumn flowering Cyclamen with their lovely pink flowers adding some much needed colour late in the year.

The picturesque River Wye
The river on a crisp autumn day
The picturesque River Wye

What's on for kids? 

From Saturday 23 to Sunday 31 October, little ones can take part in a 'Witch's Kitchen' trail as they find the secret potion ingredients hidden throughout the garden. Trails are £2.50 each and includes a prize at the end.  

The Weir Garden is now open on weekends only until October half term, when we're open daily for the week. The garden then closes completely from Sunday 31 October until late January 2022. Please remember to check our opening times before visiting to avoid any disappointment. We look forward to welcoming you to The Weir Garden this autumn.