New England

August, 2010
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Lectures by Perennials Expert Adrian Bloom
Adrian Bloom, chairman of Blooms Nurseries in Norfolk, England and an internationally recognized expert on flowering perennials and ornamental grasses, will give two lectures at the University of Vermont Davis Center in Burlington, Vermont on September 28, under the sponsorship of Green Works, the Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association. His morning lecture (10:30-11:30 am), based on his new book Bloom's Best Perennials and Grasses, will give novel ideas on design and the use of plants to fit every size garden. Following lunch and book signing, the afternoon's lecture (1:00-2:00 pm) will discuss the history and establishment of his Bressingham Garden plantings at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society headquarters and will conclude with a Q&A session. The event ends with a reception from 5-7 pm at Rocky Dale Gardens in Bristol, Vermont. Cost is $50 for the two lectures, $15 for a box lunch (optional) and $4 for parking (optional). The evening reception, which is a fundraiser for the Green Works scholarship program, is limited to 75 people and costs $50. Registration deadline is September 13. To register or for more information, go to www.greenworksvermont.org or call 888-518-6484.

Books

Bloom's Best Perennials and Grasses
Adrian Bloom is a world-renowned English perennials expert with over a half century of experience as a nurseryman. The son of the late famed plantsman, Alan Bloom, he is also a hands-on gardener who has spent decades developing his own gardens in England, as well as display gardens across the U.S. You can tap into this wealth of knowledge in his new book, Bloom's Best Perennials and Grasses: Expert Plant Choices and Dramatic Combinations for Year-Round Gardens (Timber Press, 2010, $34.95). Filled with stunning photographs, this volume contains descriptions of more than 400 perennials and grasses, including cultural information, suggested companion plants and hardiness zones. Out of this bounty, in a section that will be especially helpful to novice gardeners, he chooses twelve tried-and-true plants that can be used to create a solid foundation for a garden with multi-season interest. With additional information on preparation, planting and maintenance techniques, this book will be an invaluable resource to anyone interested in creating a beautiful, thriving flower garden.

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