Autumn colour at Winkworth Arboretum
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.
Liquidambar, or sweet-gum, conjures up a fascinating palette of crimsons, yellows and purples in the autumn season. Find them in the Bowl and Badger's Bowl.
Some of the best autumnal yellows are found on the hickory and the tulip trees in Badger's Bowl. More tulip trees can be seen on the main pathway.
Hundreds of maple trees burn bright with colour in September and October. Japanese maple groves can be found below Sorbus Hill, by the Azalea Steps, and in the Bowls.
Not all autumn colour is broadleaved. Admire fiery larches in the upper arboretum and dawn redwood near the boathouse.
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.
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.
Don't forget to stop off at the Arbor tea-room for hot lunches, homemade cakes, tea and coffee. We'll also have hot drinks and bakes available to buy from our tuk-tuk near the play area, which is cash only.
Toilets are available nearby, including baby-changing facilities and a disabled toilet, and there is a variety of pathways through the Arboretum with differing levels of accessibility.
You're welcome to bring your dog, as long as you keep them on a lead; and groups are welcome - though it's advisable to call in advance to arrange this.