Kew Gardens with its autumn colour trail and more than 14,000 trees spread throughout the Gardens, is a great place to see the finest autumn colours in London from the flaming crimsons to the vivid yellow and all the gorgeous autumn hues in-between. It is one of autumns greatest pleasures to soak in the fresh autumn air on a sunny day, crunching russet leaves while admiring the warm colours of the season so let me take you on a photographic journey through Kew Gardens’s autumn colour trail and hopefully these images will inspire you to visit this beautiful botanic garden in all its autumn glory!
Entering at Victoria Gate, turn left and the autumn colour trail starts shortly after the Temple of Bellona which is a gorgeous sight in itself, framed by dark red & orange coloured leaves.
When it comes to autumn colours, nothing really compares to the vivid hues of the sugar maple (acer saccharum) which is native to New England, attracting leaf peepers from across the globe to this part of the world. New England in the fall has been on my bucket list for a while so it was nice to see Kew Gardens highlighting the start of their autumn trail with the magnificent colours of this ultimate autumn tree!
This autumn sixteen diverse & organic works by four different artists have been dotted around Kew’s Arboretum, like the one in the image above. It is always worth checking on their website what’s on during the different seasons and make sure not to miss Christmas at Kew (22.Nov – 1. January 2018)!
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Walk through the ruined arch which was built as a mock Roman ruin by Sir William Cambers (1759-60) to continue your to walk through the different trees & colours.
The autumn colour trail ends shortly after the Japanese Garden which is a lovely spot to spend a little bit of time.
A short walk from the Japanese Garden is Kew Garden’s treetop walk, just follow the sings and admire autumns glory from a birdseye view.
The lake behind the treetop walk is another spot worth visiting, here you can watch the vibrant autumn colours reflected on the water’s surface from Sackler Crossing.
Of course, the whole of Kew Gardens is a wonderful place to enjoy autumn colours but I very much enjoyed my walk along its autumn colour trail. Living in Southwest London I have been a ‘Friend of Kew’ for a while, giving me access throughout the seasons as it is a fantastic place to come back to again and again.