Monday, February 13, 2012

Book Review - "Heirloom Bulbs for Today"

Chris Wiesinger, “The Bulb Hunter” has teamed-up with landscape designer and award winning author Cherie Foster Colburn to produce an innovative view of Heirloom Bulbs.  Most garden books and magazines tell you about the culture of plants, but this book takes it a step further to reveal not only the bulb’s past, but the people who grew and nurtured it.

I also found wonderful botanical illustrations by South African artists Loela Barry & Johan Kritzinger and loads of photographs to depict the cultivars and the Historic places they can be found.  The Historic homes, gardens, and cemeteries highlighted throughout the book really takes the reader on a bulb hunt across the Southern region of the U.S.

To my surprise, at the very end of the book, Cherie and Loela have designed a sample garden layout that features the bulbs referenced throughout the book.  They have also included perennial companion plants for their low-maintenance garden.  Loela’s illustrations of their sample garden depict its progress thru the seasons of the year.

I really enjoyed reading this book and will use it as a future reference for Heirloom Bulbs. To read and learn more about heirloom bulbs and how Chris has rescued bulbs to put them back into America's gardens, please visit The Southern Bulb Company website.


--By Lynn Slackman

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Lynn for an excellent review of a very interesting book. Appreciate your sharing a snowy day's read. Last couple of years I've found myself more interested in heirloom, and have order heirloom daffodils and tulips. Folks who like heirloom might be interested in this site: newsletter@oldhousegardens.com

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