‘Bulb Hunter’ to talk about heirloom plants

Hardy amaryllises, also called St. Joseph lilies, are among the heirloom bulbs "Bulb Hunter" Chris Wiesinger recommends. Photo by Kathie Rowell.

Hardy amaryllises, also called St. Joseph lilies, are among the heirlooms “Bulb Hunter” Chris Wiesinger recommends. Photo by Kathie Rowell.

I heard Chris Wiesinger speak at a Master Gardener conference several years ago – and decided I wanted to be him.

You can hear him yourself – and see how jealous you are of his life – at a 10 a.m. Oct. 15 free talk called “The Bulb Hunter – A Story of Seeking Out Botanical Treasures.” The last in this year’s Northwest Louisiana Master Gardener Horticulture Series, the event will be held at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, 3015 Greenwood Road, Shreveport.

Chris is founder of the Southern Bulb Company, a mail-order business that specializes in bulbs — many rare or heirloom — that thrive in warm climates.

After The New York Times did a story on him, he became known as “the Bulb Hunter” because that’s what he does, seeking out the kinds of bulbs and plants that thrive in the South, but are often hard to find in today’s garden centers.

What kind of bulbs?

Hardy amaryllis, spider lily, crinum, narcissus, rain lilies, oxblood lily, cemetery iris… You know, the ones your grandmother grew.

Want to learn more? In his talk, he’ll share his love of bulbs, rules for hunting them and how to use them in the landscape.

 

 

 

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