You’ve done the lilies with Charles Cresson, now do the rest! Add flash to your summer landscape with vibrant reliable foliage and bloom of caladiums, elephant ears, begonias, cannas, and dahlias. Expand your palette with a tantalizing assortment of other summer gems you may not know about, including rain lilies, hot-water plants, and the legendary fragrances of Abyssinian gladiolus, and cutting edge tuberose hybrids. Be in the know about the bold winter hardy South African crinum-lilies! Not only do these all revel in our hot, humid, summer conditions, they really stand out and carry the garden into fall while many other plants slow down. Whether planted in pots or garden beds, these summer bulbs provide a longer performance than many of their hardy companions. While most are not winter hardy, one of the best things about these bulbs and tubers is that you can easily keep them dormant over winter with virtually no attention! Charles will explain how. Even better, every year you will have extras to share with friends. Charles is a highly respected local garden expert, teacher, and author. We will begin the class in the Wister Center and end in Charles’ beautiful Swarthmore garden, Hedgleigh Spring, a classic flower garden created by his grandfather a hundred years ago. Limit 30.
Charles grew up in Swarthmore and began his journey with bulbs while gardening for Gertrude Wister. He has taught about bulbs at Longwood Gardens for over 35 years. Charles studied horticulture at the University of Vermont and University of Bath and worked for the Royal Horticultural Society, as well as many local public gardens. He continues to maintain Hedgleigh Spring, a classic flower garden created by his grandfather a hundred years ago.
Members: $35 Non-members: $45
Register online or call 610-328-8025.