Hellebores: A Comprehensive Guide

Hellebores: A Comprehensive Guide

By C. Colston Burrell and Judith Knott Tyler

Nothing brightens up a cold winter’s day like the dainty flowers of the many species and varieties of hellebores grown here at the Scott Arboretum. This time of year always piques my interest in hellebores and there isn’t a better source for their taxonomic and cultural information than Hellebores: A Comprehensive Guide, written by hellebore experts C. Colston Burrell and Judith Knott Tyler. Dan Hinkley tells the reader about when he first fell in love with these plants in his thoughtfully written foreword. The book describes species grown in the wild as well as interspecific and intersectional hybrids, and information on how to grow, propagate, and breed hellebores. The end of the book instructs the reader on how to incorporate hellebores into the garden along with other winter-interest plants. Interestingly, though not surprisingly, the Scott Arboretum is listed as one of twenty or so gardens in North America that one can visit to view hellebores!
Check out this book and learn more about these winter flowering beauties at the Scott Horticultural Library.

Liz Haegele
ehaegel1@swarthmore.edu
3 Comments
  • Barbara Shaw
    Posted at 13:46h, 27 January Reply

    Timber Press is currently offering this great book at 50% off. This is a great reference book. Barb

  • May Boas Hayesr
    Posted at 20:03h, 02 April Reply

    I will be visiting with a friend on April 3rd and would love to see Hellebores on Swarthmore’s campus. Where are they located?
    Thank you.
    cell 610-291-9555

    • Becky Robert
      Posted at 08:06h, 03 April Reply

      Dear May,
      It looks like you are coming on a beautiful day. Hellebores can be found throughout campus. Some primary locations are Terry Shane Teaching Garden, Harry Wood Garden, Magill Walk, and Swarthmore Entrance rock. Simply stop by the office when you arrive and we can provide you with a map. Sincerely, Becky Robert

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