Ten Top Perennials and Vegetables
Confused what perennial flowers or vegetables to grow, or that may perform best in our climate, from the thousands available? Dr. Perry gives some ideas with ten top perennials from his extensive trials, as well as ten top vegetables from the most popular crops. You'll learn benefits of each and any cultural needs.
Flowers and Vegetables for Northern Gardens
Dr. Perry has coordinated the All-America Selections flower display garden at Burlington's Waterfront Park for over 20 years, rating and publishing online each year's entries. From the thousands he has grown in this award-winning garden, he will highlight top performers for our northern climate. He'll also cover ten top vegetables he has grown, or covered in his online course on Home Vegetable Growing--vegetable crops that are the main ones grown by gardeners in Vermont. Dr. Perry will end with results and photos from his cold-climate field perennial trials, focusing on coneflowers, coralbells, and a couple of the popular groups of ornamental grass
Spring Flowering Bulbs
There are spring-flowering bulbs for almost every garden. Dr. Perry covers all you need to know for success, including photos of how to design with bulbs, and even some inspiring photos from bulbs gardens and fields of Holland. All the various types of bulbs are illustrated, including the various categories of tulips and daffodils.
Perennials: New Introductions and Underused Favorites
A "perennial" favorite, and updated regularly with new trial results, this talk illustrates and covers the basics of care for over five dozen perennials. Grouped by their main cultural requirements-- light and moisture-- these hardy (almost all to USDA zone 4 or lower) selections represent some of the newest available selections, a preview of what's coming, and some perennials that deserve wider use.
Hardy Perennials-- Proper Practices and Perry's Picks
This presentation has three parts: choosing and planting, caring for perennials, and a few choice new favorites for the north country. Many practical tips are given, and illustrated, on choosing the right flowers for the right place, proper planting, and then the basics for subsequent care. Recent field trials on perennials will be summarized with a few new or underutilized great perennials for our climate.
Planting and Care of Perennials
Beginning with plant selection tips,
this presentation next covers key site factors such as soils and
fertility, light, and hardiness. Next come the steps to
planting properly, including proper spacing. Care is first
grouped by seasonal activities, then tips on mulching, staking,
pruning and fertility. Finally you'll learn how to tell if
perennials need dividing, and if so how.
Some of the Newest and Best Annual Flowers
Dr. Perry has managed the All-America Selections Flower display garden in Burlington, Vermont for over 25 years. He'll illustrate some of the best of the flowers, as well as some of the best new introductions (including perennials disguised as annuals), for outstanding performance in colder climates. Learn some tips on combining the many choices available through viewing some eye-catching examples.
This colorful presentation gives
examples of the various types of peonies, some of the best
selections of each type, then the basics of planting and care to
ensure the best blooms.
Gardens of the Philadelphia Area
Join Dr. Perry for a delightful photo tour of gardens, from lesser known to the very famous, in the area often considered the “cradle of horticulture” in this country. From the historic and lesser-known Bartram’s garden, to the world-famous Longwood Gardens, to Chanticleer Gardens with its cutting-edge design, and more, you’re bound to be inspired and may get some take-home ideas.
Gardens of the Hudson Valley
Close-by are some beautiful and diverse gardens in the Hudson Valley of New York state. Whether you're thinking about short summer vacations or just inspiration, this presentation will illustrate several of the most known and worth a visit. Spend this session in the comfort of your chair travelling to the natural Asian-inspired Innisfree near Millbrook and the formal classical Italian Weathersfield near Amenia. You'll get a glimpse of the historic King's Garden at Fort Ticonderoga by designer Marian Cruger Coffin, designer Beatrix Farrand's Bellefield near Hyde Park, Samuel Morse's Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie, and Frank Cabot's Stonecrop south of Fishkill.
Fall Perennial Care: Putting Perennials to Bed
Wonder what, if anything, you should be doing in the fall landscape? There is much you can do in the perennial garden in fall so that your plants will have the best chance at overwintering successfully, and that your beds will be ready for spring. Dr. Perry will describe and illustrate over 30 such fall activities, grouped by the best time of the season for them.
Deer in the Garden: Controls and Deterrents
Deer have become a major problem for gardeners in many parts of the country. In this presentation you'll learn many tricks to out smart deer, why they eat some plants and not others, and why they eat your plants and not those of your friends. You'll learn examples of the various levels of deterrents, such as smells, and how to use them effectively. There are various types of fencing that will be shown, including some low cost options that work in some situations.
Dr. Leonard P. Perry, Horticulture Professor Emeritus