Autumn colour at Winkworth Arboretum

A path winding past a red acer tree in autumn splendour

When autumn arrives, Winkworth bursts into colour, its yellows, oranges and reds painting a breathtaking picture across the landscape. Learn more about Wilfrid Fox's visionary collection, and find out about the best time to see the plants at the peak of their autumnal finery.

In the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Mother Nature cloaks Winkworth Arboretum in a coat of many colours. The stunning views across Winkworth’s dramatic slopes make an autumnal visit unmissable.

As Winkworth bursts into artful colour, purples and reds of Liquidamber paint a vivid picture. Hickory and Tulip Trees shine with golden yellows, and Japanese Maples glow in copper and crimson splendour. Burnished trunks of imposing larches and dawn redwood complete the fiery picture.

A viewpoint over a valley of multicoloured trees at Winkworth Arboretum

Admire the view

Dr. Fox used plants to paint a picture in the landscape - and the best way to truly appreciate his work is from a distance. For the best views, seek out the viewpoints on the edge of the Magnolia Wood, the top of the Azalea Steps, the lakeside Boathouse and the eastern Meadow.

Bountiful berries

Don't miss the berries for the trees - holly, rowan, spindle, Chinese dogwood and Harlequin beauty berry all put on brilliant displays in the autumnal period.

The bizarre, strawberry-like fruit of the chinese dogwood
Chinese dogwood fruit
The bizarre, strawberry-like fruit of the chinese dogwood

Facinating fungi

Along with this seasonal extravaganza of leaves, nuts and fruits, autumn also brings with it a season of spectacular fungi. Often hidden amongst the trees, nestled into roots, or growing in nooks and crannies, there’s a whole world of mushroom oddities waiting to be discovered. Our Fungi Foray on Saturday 20 Oct is the perfect chance to head out into the Arboretum with an expert guide Sara Shepley, who will be on hand to help you identify the huge variety of different mushrooms which can be found onsite. See our What's On page for more details.

Whilst beautiful, some fungi can be extremely poisonous, so it is recommended that people do not pick or touch fungi in the wild without expert guidance as species are hard to identify.

Keen photographers will enjoy the chance to capture images of the fungi, which can appear as anything from small, delicate, toadstool like mushrooms, much like those in fairy tales, or as huge bracket fungi clinging to the bark of trees. They have names to match too, whether it’s oakbug milkcap, giant puffball or orange-peel fungus.

Shaggy parasol mushroom
Shaggy parasol mushroom in field
Shaggy parasol mushroom