Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Rediscovering Forgotten and Heirloom Bulbs for Summer Gardens and Containers
Join plantsman Matt Mattus, author of the popular blog GrowingwithPlants.com, as he shares one of his greatest passions: rare and unusual bulbs. Mattus, known for his visually stunning and entertaining talks, promises to change how we think about the oft-neglected summer bulbs and excite us about some forgotten heirlooms as well. Learn about secret sources for everything from Achimenes (Hot Water Plant) to Zephyranthes (Rain Lilies) and a few other bulbs you may have never thought about either growing in pots or in the garden. Book sale and signing for Matt’s just-published Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening to follow.
Matt Mattus is an American plantsman, writer and journalist who can trace his horticultural roots back to elementary school days when he started experimenting with plant breeding—growing flowers and vegetables for shows at the Worcester County Horticultural Society, of which he is now vice president. Matt is the author of the popular and award-winning blog GrowingwithPlants.com and his gardens have been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes and Gardens and House Beautiful. He is past president of the North American Rock Garden Society, past editor of the American Primrose Society Journal, and founder of the New England Dahlia Society. His latest book, Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening (Jan2019) examines both common and uncommon vegetables worthy for the home gardener. Rich in cultural tips and professional advice, the book is a visual gem with hundreds of photos taken by the author. Matt lives in Worcester, Mass. with his partner Joseph Philip, three Irish Terriers, rare poultry, fancy canaries and homing pigeons. He sits on the board of the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boyleston, MA and currently works as horticulturist for the Boston-based firm, Landscape Collaborative, LLC.