Spectacular fall show | Laurier Magazine

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Written by: Winter Gary | Problem: 2021/10 – October

If you want to discover the science behind the beauty of the Fall Leaf Show, join the experts at the Highlands Nature Center for a fall walk. Call (828) 526-2623 to find your place for a visit.


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If there is one thing that attracts people to the mountains, besides escaping the intense summer heat of the lower elevations, it is the beautiful, bright colors that accompany the onset of fall.

The trees of western North Carolina and, of course, the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau provide a spectacular show of fall foliage as temperatures drop and leaves turn into a wide array of red, orange hues. and yellow.

If you’re wondering why the leaves are changing color or what conditions allow for spectacular fall exposure, join the Highlands Nature Center for our Autumn Amble tours this month. Every Thursday in October at 1:00 p.m., staff will lead an exploration of the Botanical Garden to find out which leaves are already changing and the (science of) why. Everyone is welcome to participate in these free guided tours, however, places are limited. Please call the Highlands Nature Center at (828) 526-2623 to reserve your spot!

If you can’t join us on these guided tours, you can always take a stroll through the Highland Botanic Garden to see the wonderful colors at your own pace. The garden is open daily from dawn to dusk and is free to the public.

Guided interpretive tours of the Botanical Garden are also available for private groups throughout the year and can be organized by appointment. Lectures on various botanical topics are offered to local garden clubs and other organizations. To schedule a personalized tour or conference, contact HBS Horticulturalist Rachel Martin at (828) 526-0188.

The Highlands Nature Center and the Highlands Botanical Garden is part of the Highlands Biological Station, a multi-campus center at Western Carolina University. Please note that in accordance with WCU policies and for the safety of guests and HBS staff, face masks will be required on all in-person visits. Tours will be canceled in the event of bad weather.

Stay tuned to highlandsbiological.org for more fall programming from the Highlands Nature Center.

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