Sunday, February 14, 2010

Flower bulb expert, author to speak at Cornell

Horticulturist and best-selling author Anna Pavord will speak on “A Luxuriance of Bulbs” at 11 a.m., Saturday March 20 at the Statler Hall Auditorium on the Cornell University campus. The talk is free and open to the public.

Pavord has been the gardening correspondent for The Independent (UK) since 1986 and has written eight books, including the international bestseller The Tulip and 2009’s Bulb.

“Of all the different plants in the world, bulbs intrigue me the most,” says Pavord. “As a gardener, I appreciate the way they mark the seasons. Bulbs are not just a spring thing. In this talk I introduce some of my favorites and suggest how they might be used in a garden.”

Pavord is also the author of New Kitchen Garden, Border Book, and Plant Partners. She was one of the founding editors of Gardens Illustrated and wrote and presented Flowering Passions for BBC Channel 4 television. She has lived in Dorset for almost forty years. After restoring the garden of an old rectory, she recently moved to a new garden, which she is filling with bulbs.

After the talk, Pavord will sign copies of her new book, Bulb, which will be available for sale.

NARGS seed exchange featured in WSJ

A nice article on seed exchanges in the Wall Street Journal, A Growing Obsession: Rare Seeds, explains the allure of swapping seeds in winter.

Spring in the Netherlands: A Festival of Flowers Feb. 27

From Pat Curran:

Travel to the Netherlands with Chris Cerveny of Cornell's Horticulture Department, at a Garden Travel Slide Show offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, Saturday, Feb. 27 at 2 pm.

Holland is gorgeous in April! This presentation will take you on a pictorial journey to the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens, and provide an overview of field production of flower bulbs. Chris traveled to the festival of flowers in the Netherlands in April 2008. This presentation will take place Saturday afternoon February 27, 2-3:30 pm, at the Cooperative Extension Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca. Refreshments and time to socialize will follow the talk. Suggested donation of $3 helps support the Horticulture Program. Please call 272-2292 for more information.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Feb. newsletter

The Feb. 2010 newsletter is online in .pdf format here:


Seed exchange deadline extended to Feb. 15

From Joyce Fingerut, director, NARGS Seed Exchange:

The deadline for receiving Seed Exchange orders has been extended to Monday, February 15th, giving NARGS members an extra weekend to pore over the Seed List and send in their requests.

View the 2009-2010 Seed List and ordering instructions at:

There are still many desirable seeds available. Please be sure to indicate whether you would also like to receive the list of Surplus Seeds, which can be ordered in March, and send a self-addressed, self-adhesive mailing label.

Chapter Chairs: Please remind your members that the Seedex is on-line this year. Those chapter members who do not yet belong to NARGS (national) may join now and be eligible to order seeds.