NY Botanical Garden Art Display -&- Sourcing Seeds from Small Specialty Growers

Lee Poulsen wpoulsen@pacbell.net
Mon, 04 Dec 2006 09:31:12 PST
A couple of things that are pertinent to previous threads on the list 
showed up in a couple of newsletters I received in the past couple of 

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena, California, USDA Zone 10a

 From the newsletter from Old House Gardens 

Bulbs in Art at the NYBG
         If you like bulbs, art, and history, here's a December treat 
you won't want to miss. Thanks to our friends Deirdre Larkin and Bevan 
Davies for the tip. Bevan writes:
         "I have to tell you about this exhibit I saw yesterday: 'Buried 
Treasures: The Art and Nature of Bulbs.'  Like so many good things in 
New York, it's hidden in an out-of-the-way place, the Mertz Library at 
the New York Botanical Garden. It consists of dozens of stunning images 
of tulips, lilies, gladiolus, and other bulbs selected from three 
centuries of the library's rare books and artwork.  My favorite print 
depicted 'broken' tulips of an unimaginable beauty, and I came home 
inspired to grow some of your true broken tulips in my own garden."

 From the newsletter from Nichols Garden Nursery 

Catalogs are being mailed. We have over 60 new seed varieties for 2007, 
an all time record. It is our eclectic blend of new and unusual, 
heirlooms and the best of modern breeding. ...Because of so many 
mergers in the seed industry, we are growing much of our own seed and 
relying on small local growers more than ever. We think it is good for 
our business, and good for our customers because it allows access to 
wonderful varieties that are not in the seed industry.

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