Our speaker, Greg Freeman. presented “A Century of Daffodil Hybridizing: Using Advancements in Color, Form and Size to Advantage.” He explored how gardeners can use daffodils, new and old, to enhance their gardens and landscapes and educated us all on the many, many different daffodils that are historic, classic and new. Freeman is an author, editor, singer and songwriter. An avid gardener, he grows a variety of plants, and is a daffodil exhibitor, hybridist, and judge. A former editor of The Daffodil Journal, he is the publisher of several digital publications, including http://www.SouthernEdition.com, which is devoted to the American South and includes a department devoted to gardening in the South. Greg Freeman’s Garden Chronicle, one of his latest ventures, is accessible at GregFreeman.garden . ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]
Our noon meeting at Bethesda Senior Center on February 15th featured Sara Henderson‘s presentation Everything Old Is New Again: The Gardens of Oakland Cemetery. Sara is the current Director of Gardens at Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery. Today’s gardens call for environmentally sensible choices in order to meet modern challenges, but many of the answers are found in historic gardens and heirloom plants. Oakland’s gardens are a laboratory for durability, requiring plants that are durable and low maintenance, yet beautiful in all seasons. These tough survivors often have surprising histories that run deeper than we think. Sara shared beautiful pictures of the many heirloom plants at Oakland and gave those attending an new perspective on adding these plants to our own gardens.