With the days beginning to shorten and the weather cooling, it really feels like true autumn has settled into Exbury Gardens during October. Our extensive collection of acers and maples, alongside majestic oak trees, vibrant dogwoods and our National Plant Collection of Nyssa and Oxydendrum, are creating vibrant autumnal scenes for visitors, with their change from green to red.

When to see autumn colour at Exbury Gardens

Autumn colour is always dependent on the weather but generally we advise visiting in October to see the best that Exbury has to offer, with mid-October being the optimum time to visit. The long, hot summer means that the autumn foliage should be especially good this year.

best areas to see autumn colour at Exbury gardens

1. Top Pond

Top Pond in Autumn | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, HampshireOur swamp cypress, nyssa trees and deciduous acers make the circular walk around this, our largest pond, a feast for the eyes during autumn.

2. Jubilee Hill

This area houses the largest number of our nyssa and oxydendrum collection. 

3. Mrs Lionel's Seat

Mrs Lionel's Seat | Autumn | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, HampshireMrs Lionel was the wife of Exbury's Founder and it's said that this was her favourite place to sit in Exbury Gardens. It's understandable, as the view downstream towards the Japanese Bridge in autumn boasts vibrant acers, grand gunneras and shady tree ferns.

4. Maple Walk

A newer addition to the gardens, Maple Walk was specifically created to be an autumnal delight in October, and it doesn't disapoint.

5. The Park

The Park | Autumn colour | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire

‘A truly fantastic day out. My wife and I were bowled over by the amazing spring colours of rhododendrons and azaleas and there was literally colour everywhere. There are beautiful areas to walk through as well as places to sit. We took a picnic in the hope of being able to sit by one of the ponds and were not disappointed – the reflections were as spectacular as the real thing! The next thing we want to do is return in the autumn to see the colours change as it must be beautiful’

David Parker, Christchurch

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