You’d think that learning the science behind the mystery and beauty of why leaves change color in the fall would taint my appreciation of this annual display, but not so. In fact, I’m more in awe than ever of the wondrous world around me here on the farm as I learn the intricate dance between genetics and environment that transforms the trees at Seven Oaks into fireworks of color. Please read my latest essay for Main Line Gardening here, where I summarize the science behind why leaves change color.
Jeanne Grunert is a certified Virginia Master Gardener and the author of several gardening books. Her garden articles, photographs, and interviews have been featured in The Herb Companion, Virginia Gardener, and Cultivate, the magazine of the National Farm Bureau. She is the founder of The Christian Herbalists group and a popular local lecturer on culinary herbs and herbs for health, raised bed gardening, and horticulture therapy.