A re vamped and light hearted talk guiding both the amateur and connoisseur through the pleasures of growing these winter beauties. Come and see the new breeding lines that we are working on, as well as the history of Hellebore breeding at Farmyard Nurseries.
One of the nurseries specialities and always a very popular topic. A talk on how to grow them, the varieties and colours available and the breeding that goes on during the cold winter months. A very pictoral talk.
These plants have to be amongst the most popular plants in cultivation today…. And rightfully so. They flower in the darkest months of the year and continue right through until April/May. They come in such a huge array of colours, shapes and sizes, it is fair to say that no two are exactly alike and they are as tough as old boots, handling all that nature can throw at them. We started growing Hellebores way, way back when Helen Ballard was the queen of these amazing winter flowering perennials. This talk guides us through our progression, where we went after inheriting a large quantity of Ballardian stock, the way different colour lines were introduced and the intricacies of Hellebore breeding, which enabled us to get to the where we are today, amongst the worlds best growers of these gems. Covering the range that is available, we will demonstrate how to pollinate, sow and germinate, nurture and finally plant and care for them, with tips and treats to get the best form them. There are two versions of this talk, the humorous light hearted version, featuring our famous canine friends, and for the more serious group there is the latter version, still light hearted but a little more educational. The talks are both very pictoral with lovely photos. We encourage audience participation and it is usually followed by a question and answer session. The talk can be tailored to almost any length, the norm being about an hour but longer or shorter are both easily doable. Our most popular talk.