Hints of autumn have arrived at Trewithen, near Probus, just in time to show off its rich colour before the gardens shut to the public at the end of September for winter maintenance.

Colourful fruit and berries now adorn many of the plants in the world-renowned gardens, adding a contrast to the summer flowers that continue to bloom.

The rhododendrons, which have benefitted from the perpetual rainfall during the summer are just one of many plants providing a splash of late summer colour.

Head Gardener, Gary Long, said: "Not many things have enjoyed the wet summer but the rhododendrons are looking really good. We have also got a second flush of magnolias and one of our Champion Trees, the Schima, which is related to the camellia, is looking lovely.

"Visiting the gardens at this time of year is pretty special as we have both autumn and summer colour and generally speaking September is usually drier."

Once Trewithen closes its doors to the public, Gary and his team will concentrate their efforts on maintaining the garden's famous South Lawn, which has fallen foul of the wet weather.

Gary said: "We are going to scarify and aerate the lawn as it got very churned up over the summer. It is one of the highlights of the garden so we will be working hard to restore it back to its former glory for hopefully a drier summer next year!"

Trewithen Gardens is open until the end of September. For further information, visit www.trewithengardens.co.uk or call 01726 883647.

ENDS 07 September 2012

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