Southern Hemisphere Bulb Extravaganza

Boyce Tankersley
Fri, 18 Mar 2016 12:07:31 PDT
Hi All:

I am writing to request your advice, ideas and support with a very exciting
project.  The Chicago Botanic Garden is in the early planning stages of
creating a Southern Hemisphere Bulb 'WOW' (extravaganza) for the winter of
2013 at the Garden.

The event will have available small Arid, Subtropical and Tropical habitats
focused display greenhouses as well as indoor spaces.

The Winter Flower Shows to date typically incorporate the featured plants
in the habitats with more formal designed exhibits in the indoor display
areas.  The scale of these winter shows is fairly large,  the recent orchid
show featured 10,000 plants in full flower, for instance.

So, what are the 'must haves'?

Who should we contact to get these treasures?

I "think" we have enough time to grow many bulbs from seed to flowering
size if we start now but we are also interested in obtaining fully mature,
flowering sized bulbs as well.

The Garden has a wonderful library and we have access to number of online
resources but - they are hard put to equal the expertise found in this

Many thanks,

Boyce Tankersley
Director of Living Plant Documentation
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022

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