Autumn colour at Waddesdon Manor
Autumn brings misty mornings and late afternoon sun. The gardens reflect this change of season, with trees and shrubs changing to hues of orange, red, gold and yellow. See autumnal colours on one of our many walks, and treat yourself to something delicious from the Manor Restaurant or Stables Café.
A bountiful array of warm colours spread across the garden, encouraging lovely long walks in the crisp air - what better way to explore autumnal wildlife, beautiful trees and the changes this season brings.
Within the grounds at Waddesdon we have some tremendous trees, here are a few to look out for:
The Common horse chestnut is a familiar tree widely grown in the UK, since the early 17th century. It was one of the most frequently planted at Waddesdon and in Buckinghamshire generally.
Look out for: spiky green fruits which split to reveal glossy brown seeds, these can be threaded with string and used to play conkers.
One of the most common and recognisable urban and parkland trees. It has beautiful olive bark that flakes randomly, shedding plates to reveal the creamy-yellow bark underneath. This creates a mottled appearance, almost like camouflage.
Look out for: bristly fruit which are perfectly spherical and stay on the tree for many months after the leaves have fallen in autumn.
Grown in England since 1280, Sycamore is the largest species of maple. It is strong-wooded and tolerant of high winds, making it an ideal windbreak. Large groups were planted at Waddesdon to protect it from the prevailing westerly winds.
Look out for: it has two winged seeds, often called sycamore spinners. Throw them up in the air and watch them spin.