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14.06.06
A rainbow of autumn colours. Where else in the world…Gardens of Cornwall

From September to November, the summer colours of Cornwall's exotic and tropical plants and flowers make way for rich golds, reds, oranges, yellows, bronzes, with flashes of turquoise and purples as the ever changing landscape of the Gardens of Cornwall moves to autumn. The mild, coastal micro climate of Cornwall ensures many of the gardens continue to flourish into November. For full details of autumn opening times, visit www.gardensofcornwall.com.

Pine Lodge comes alive with oranges and reds in September, thanks to the Tropoleum tuberosa, Coriaria termanalis var xanthocarpa, Cornus capitata, Cornus kousa, Colutea media, Canna Red Leaf Hybrid and Crocosmia paniculata. November sees shades of red and green interrupted by the turquoise fruits of the Clerodendron trichotomum and the blue flowers of the Fasicularia bicolor.

In Trewidden, colour is subtle throughout September with dark red climbing Fuchsias, Hydrangeas in many hues of blue, pink and white and rich reds and oranges from Crocosmias. Definitely worth a visit before the garden shuts on 1st October.

The spectacular reds, oranges and yellows produced by the Acers are at their best from September to November in Trengwainton and the red Cercidiphyllum japonicum is not to be missed during October and November. This flower gives off an amazing scent, reminiscent of burnt sugar or toffee.

Ken-Caro's four acre garden boasts Asters (Michaelmas Daisies) in pinks and mauves complimented by the strong red of the Schizostylis coccinea Major.

In September in Tregothnan Botanic Garden, the rare, creamy coloured flowers of Camellia sinensis (tea) flourish.

Throughout autumn, Trebah is a riot of colour. The Leonotis leonurus, the aptly named 'Lion's Ear', produces sandy-orange, lion ear-like flowers, while the bright orange and yellow tubular Foxglove-like flowers of the Isoplexis canariensis, a native to the Canary Islands and Madeira, bring a Mediterranean feel to Trebah even in the cooler months.

Alongside all the flowers and plants to see, many of the gardens will be harvesting fruits and vegetables. At The Lost Gardens of Heligan, pumpkins, parsnips, squashes, onions, peppers, pineapples, apples, grapes and figs will be amongst the collection of fruits and vegetables harvested and displayed as part of the Heligan Harvest Display, from 21st October until 29th October.

For further information and to request a copy of the 2006 Cornwall Gardens Guide, go to www.gardensofcornwall.com or call 01872 322800.

For further information please contact: Jane Adkins, Chrissie Williams or Laura Griffiths at ADPR Ltd on 01935 826451 or email chrissiew@adpr.co.uk or jane@adpr.co.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Cornwall Gardens Development Project through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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Editor's notes:

Cornwall Enterprise's Gardens Project is a three year, high profile, £1.4 million marketing campaign, hosted by Cornwall Enterprise and funded through the Objective One Programme. Cornwall Enterprise is the economic development service for Cornwall County Council and its mission is to achieve sustainable prosperity for Cornwall.

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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