April General Meeting and Flower Show

Monday, April 12, 2021

Dr. John Lonsdale   Title : ‘Unusual Bulbs for the Garden’

John will discuss a selection of the many uncommon and beautiful shade and sun-loving “bulbs” which he grows in his zone 6b garden in Exton, PA.  John is particularly interested In pushing the limits of many of these plants, and his talk will emphasize methods for their cultivation and propagation. The presentation will showcase fall and spring-flowering Cyclamen, Galanthus, Crocus, Sternbergia and Colchicum, as well as a variety of spring-flowering treasures such as Erythronium, Arisaema, Corydalis, Trillium and other less well-known “bulbs”.

John Lonsdale is the owner of Edgewood Gardens, a rare plant nursery and garden in Exton, PA. Born in England, John has grown a wide variety of alpine and woodland plants and bulbs for more than 35 years, and is a recipient of the Alpine Garden Society Gold Merit Medal. He has traveled extensively to study plants in habitat, especially Trillium in the SE USA. John regularly contributes articles to the publications of a number of horticultural societies, lectures widely and maintains a website (www.edgewoodgardens.net) featuring over 20,000 images of plants growing in his Exton, PA garden. He contributed a chapter discussing Cyclamen in North America to the book, “Genus Cyclamen in Science, Cultivation, Art and Culture”, published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  John received his Ph.D. from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1985 and spent more than 35 years working in biomedical research.

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