Southern Hemisphere Bulb Extravaganza

Carlo A. Balistrieri
Fri, 18 Mar 2016 13:12:35 PDT
Hey Boyce…

Saw your post on PBS. I’m assuming you meant 2018, not 2013. At that timeline you are unlikely to get many bulbs to blooming size. Most take a while to bulk up to a size sufficient for that expenditure of energy. I’d be looking at blooming sized bulbs were I you.

That said, Tecophilaea cyanocrocus should be among you’re must haves….

Hope all is well….


Carlo A. Balistrieri
The Botanical Gardening Group

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> On Mar 18, 2016, at 3:07 PM, Boyce Tankersley <> wrote:
> 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
> group.
> Many thanks,
> Boyce Tankersley
> Director of Living Plant Documentation
> Chicago Botanic Garden
> 1000 Lake Cook Road
> Glencoe, IL 60022
> email:///
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