RHS predicts firework display of colour this autumn

Thursday 13 September 2012

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is predicting a spectacular display of autumn colour this year due to the wet summer and recent warm sunny weather.

RHS Garden Wisley Curator, Colin Crosbie says, “The wet weather over the summer helped trees produce large volumes of leaves and rather than shed them, as they would do in a dry year, they have retained them. Autumn colours will also be boosted by increased sugar levels in trees as a result of the recent lovely warm sunny days we have been enjoying.

“As the weather starts getting cooler and the chlorophyll that gives leaves their green colour begins breaking down it will expose yellow, orange and red pigments that, as long as we don’t get heavy rain or winds, should provide an incredible display of colour from trees this autumn.”

At RHS Garden Wisley Colin has noticed the cold temperatures at night and warm days have started the process of leaves turning. Colin says Acers saccharinum and rubrum, Acer palmatum cultivars, Euonymus europeaus cultivars, Liquidambar styraciflua and Nyssa sylvatica will begin to show glorious autumn colour first, with natives such as oak trees and beech providing further spectacular sights later on in the season.

Colin finishes, “If the weather conditions remain the same Britain is in for a real treat in its gardens this autumn with wonderful displays of yellow, gold and red, which is at least one good side to the wet summer.”

This year the RHS has launched a campaign ‘Autumn Planting for Year Round Colour’, to promote getting outside and planting in this key gardening season when the soil is still warm. To find out more about autumn planting and activities at RHS Gardens at Wisley, Harlow Carr, Rosemoor and Hyde Hall visit www.rhs.org.uk/autumnplanting
 

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For more information and please contact Hayley Monckton on 020 7821 3045 or hayleymonckton@rhs.org.uk or contact the general press office on 020 7821 3043


RHS Gardens
RHS Garden Wisley

Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB
www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB
www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

RHS Garden Rosemoor
Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH
www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor

RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET
www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall

All four gardens are open every day of the year except for Christmas day. Entry prices vary between each garden.

About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s foremost gardening charity, helping and inspiring millions of people to garden. We do this at our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk

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The RHS believes that gardening improves the quality of life and that everyone should have access to great garden experiences. As a charity we help to bring gardening into people's lives and support gardeners of all levels and abilities; whether they are expert horticulturists or children who are planting seeds for the very first time.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk

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