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16 MAY 2000 NYC NY


Slide List - Acknowledgements - Bibliography - Resources

  1. Hellebore in the snow
    (Hardy anywhere in the US)
  2. Hellebore blooms in snow
    (Hellebore mass planting)
  3. Plants nodding in cold weather
    (Are these guys brilliant or what)
  4. Sunshine selections
    (The possibilities)
  5. Shade-grown Hellebore
  6. Sun-grown Hellebore
    (Not very pretty, but vigorous)
  7. Hillside of Hellebores
    (Way to grow)
  8. Emasculation
  9. Pollen collection
    (Careful not to touch stigma)
  10. Pollination
    (SEX at last!!!)
  11. Pollinated controlled crosses
    (Recorded and repeatable)
  12. Controlled pollination
    (Doing the deed)
  13. Pregnant flower
    (Usually 30-50 seeds per flower)
  14. Bagging the seeds
    (Too valuable to leave to chance)
  15. The Seeds
    (A treasure trove of genetic diversity)
  16. Seed pots
    (One variety per pot)
  17. Seedlings
    (From unrecorded crosses)
  18. Plain pink Hellebore
    (Nothing special)
  19. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Central zone, fine spotting)
  20. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Overall spotting)
  21. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Light red on white spotting)
  22. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Spotted, starry & outfacing)
  23. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Heavy overall spotting)
  24. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Red on pink, blotched spotting)
  25. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Starry shape, red on pure white)
  26. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Red on white, starry shape blotchy)
  27. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Central to mid red blotching on white)
  28. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Starry, red on green spotting)
  29. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Central red on white w/green tinge)
  30. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Purple/Rose, starry)
  31. Hellebore Hybrid
  32. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Roundish burgundy)
  33. Hellebore Hybrid)
    (Bluish burgundy)
  34. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Burgundy, round sepals)
  35. Hellebore Hybrid
  36. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Almost Black)
  37. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Getting darker)
  38. Hellebore Hybrid
  39. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Almost there)
  40. Hellebore Hybrid
  1. Hellebore Hybrid
  2. Hellebore Hybrid
  3. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Almost Yellow)
  4. Hellebore Hybrid
  5. Hellebore Hybrid
  6. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Pinkish-green, fine spots)
  7. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Rose Green)
  8. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Rose-green, dark nectaries)
  9. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Anemone center)
  10. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Gold tipped, expanded nectaries)
  11. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Anemone center)
  12. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Spotted Anemone center)
  13. Hellebore Hybrid
    (White/red spots, yellow nectaries)
  14. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Dark, round, Anemone center)
  15. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Rose pink Anemone center)
  16. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Yellow Anemone center)
  17. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Party Dress Hybrid)
  18. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Pink Double)
  19. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Green Double)
  20. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Burgundy Double)
  21. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Voliet Picotee)
  22. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Soft Picotee)
  23. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Slight reverse Picotee)
  24. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Reverse Picotee W/blotching)
  25. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Round, dark throat, deep veining)
  26. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Starry, dark throat, veined)
  27. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Soft Picotee)
  28. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Dark reverse Picotee, only 4 sepals)
  29. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Slight Picotee, dark nectaries)
  30. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Picotee, veined, spotted and dark throat)
  31. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Whoaa, this one has it all!!)
  32. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Sepals with outer coloration)
  33. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Picotee on outer sepals)
  34. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Hellebores pre cleanup)
  35. Hellebore Hybrid
    (Hellebores after cleanup)
  36. Dividing a mature plant
    (Easy way to get identical clones)
  37. Hosing off all soil
    (Makes it easy to see where to cut)
  38. First slice
    (Slice plant in half right down the middle)
  39. Final cuts
    (Many new plants ready to pot or plant out)
  40. Further Reading
    (Three Great Books)


Thanks to Scott Appell, Education Director, for his tireless efforts in bringing fresh, new programs to your membership. And to Carena Rojas for all of her help in getting me out of the mountains up to the Big Apple.


Hellebores by Brian Matthews was published by the Alpine Garden Society in the UK in 1989 and is the most detailed and scientific treatise on the genus Helleborus. It is unfortunately out of print and can only be found occasionally as a used book. There are many old color plates, wood cuts and line drawings.

Gardeners Guide to Growing Hellebores by Graham Rice and Elizabeth Strangman, published by Timber Press in 1993, is probably the best book for the home gardener. Itís loaded with color pictures and copious amounts of historical and cultural inf ormation.

Hellebores by Marlene Ahlburg, published by Batsford in 1993 is an interesting look at Hellebores by a German author. It touches on the species and has some wonderful color pictures. It somewhat duplicates the efforts of the aforementioned Briti sh books, but is a valuable reference nonetheless.


Hellebore species and hybrids are available locally at the following locations:

Iím not sure who is retailing Hellebores in the NYC area. Contact Jim Glover of Glover Perennial Growers in Mattituck LI NY at 516-298-1492. He buys thousands of our Hybrids and grows them on to a large size and resells them to Garden Centers all over the NYC area.


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