23 October 2020

In Pictures: Wakehurst’s Insta-worthy autumn moments

Visit these picture-perfect spots in our gardens this autumn.

By Katie Avis-Riordan

Smartphone taking picture of yellow leaves on autumn trees

Our botanic garden at Wakehurst is wild, wonderful, and brimming with great photo opportunities. 

Seek out these top Instagram-worthy spots in our gardens this autumn.

Asian Heath Garden

Our Asian Heath Garden is ablaze with fiery colours during the autumn months. Take a picture of this beautiful spot with its reflections in the Mansion Pond for an eye-catching photo.

The contrasting textures and shades of the grasses, shrubs and trees will make your picture pop. 

View towards the Mansion Pond and Asian Heath Garden
View towards the Mansion Pond and Asian Heath Garden © Maud Verstappen
The colours of autumn are reflected in the lake as a flock of birds fly past
Autumn at Wakehurst, Jim Holden ©RBG Kew

Westwood Lake

Lying at the bottom of the picturesque valley, Westwood Lake is one of the most beautiful areas of the gardens in autumn.

The warm hues of the leaves and stunning reflections in the water make this spot an unmissable photo subject for your Instagram feed. 

Westwood Lake at Wakehurst in autumn
Westwood Lake at Wakehurst in autumn, Jim Holden © RBG Kew

Horse chestnut trees

Growing close to the Asian Heath Garden, these horse chestnuts (Aesculus hippocastanum) are an iconic autumn tree.

Their leaves turn bronze and they produce conkers, the encased shiny brown seeds that fall to the ground in autumn. And nothing says autumn quite like a conker. 

Horse chestnuts in autumn near Asian Heath Garden
Horse chestnuts near Asian Heath Garden © Maud Verstappen

The Water Gardens

The light, colour and movement in our Water Gardens make it a top spot for capturing breath-taking photos this season. Amble over the little bridge and try out different angles for the perfect shot. 

Read our top tips on autumn photography at Wakehurst

Water Gardens at Wakehurst in autumn
Water Gardens in autumn © Maud Verstappen

Autumn leaves

All across our gardens you'll find splashes of gold, red, bronze, orange and yellow. The stunning and colourful autumn leaves of our deciduous trees offer boundless Insta-worthy opportunities.

So take a walk through our woodlands with your smartphone or camera at the ready.

Autumn colours of trees at Wakehurst
Autumn colours at Wakehurst, Jim Holden © RBG Kew
Autumn leaves at Wakehurst
Autumn leaves at Wakehurst, Jim Holden © RBG Kew
Autumn leaves on a tree
Autumn at Wakehurst Jim Holden © RBG Kew
Golden autumn leaves at Wakehurst
Autumn leaves at Wakehurst, Jim Holden © RBG Kew

Seasonal highlights

As you wander around our gardens, keep your eyes peeled for any weird and wonderful autumnal plants and fungi.

It could be the fairy-tale-like fly agaric (Amanita muscaria), plump berries, sweet chestnuts inside their spiky green cases, or magnificent magnolia seeds. There are plenty amazing plants and fungi to spot so get snapping.

Red and white fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) at Wakehurst
Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) in autumn © Maud Verstappen
A sweet chestnut bursting from its casing on the forest floor
Sweet chestnut, Jim Holden © RBG Kew
Dew on a plant at Kew
Dew on a plant at Kew ©RBG Kew
Close-up of red-coloured magnolia seeds at Wakehurst
Magnolia seeds at Wakehurst © Maud Verstappen
Red berries on a tree in Wakehurst woodland
Red berries in Wakehurst woodland © Maud Verstappen
Close up of red leaves in autumn
Autumn at Wakehurst ©RBG Kew

The Mansion

Make the most of seasonal weather to spice up your Instagram feed. It doesn't have to be sunny to capture the perfect shot.

This picture of our Elizabethan Mansion looming out of the mist and framed by autumnal leaves is atmospheric and a little spooky. Clouds, rain, frost and mist can all add an intriguing element to your photographs.

Wakehurst Mansion surrounded by mist in autumn
The Mansion in mist © Maud Verstappen

The Walled Garden

Near the Mansion lies the stunning Walled Garden with its bright and bold flowers even as the weather gets colder. Make sure to visit this secluded beauty for some dazzling autumn pictures. 

The Walled Garden at Wakehurst in autumn
The Walled Garden at Wakehurst in autumn © Maud Verstappen

Kodak Corner

We couldn't have a list of top photo spots at Wakehurst without including 'Kodak Corner'.

Overlooking the Pond and facing the iconic Mansion, this location earned its nickname as it's such a favourite for photo opportunities.

Stand here to capture your Insta-worthy pics and you'll be spoilt with wildlife, autumn colour, beautiful plants and striking architecture.

We’d love to see your autumnal Wakehurst pictures. Why not share them with us on our InstagramFacebook or Twitter?

View from Kodak Corner at Wakehurst of the Mansion Pond
View from 'Kodak Corner' at Wakehurst © Maud Verstappen
Visitors walking near Westwood Lake at Wakehurst in autumn

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