Digging Deeper: Epimedium Love - CANCELED

Digging Deeper: Epimedium Love - CANCELED

Photo courtesy of Karen Perkins

Garden Vision Epimediums

Sun, May 17, 2020
2:00 PM

After reviewing current news about the spreading of coronavirus (COVID-19), we regret to inform you that we have canceled this event. This does not directly affect other events of the Garden Conservancy

Horticulturist and grower Karen Perkins owns Garden Vision Epimediums, a small specialty nursery that offers the best selection of epimediums in the U.S. as well as other exceptional and hard to find shade perennials. Her nursery is only open to the public a handful of days each year and this special teaching tour is a unique opportunity to learn from a passionate epimedium expert and experience this important collection in the latter half of peak bloom, when many of the newer Chinese varieties will be flowering. Instead of rows, Karen planted her nursery stock within a native woodland. This garden setting highlights the remarkable differences in epimedium varieties and how they work with an array of companion plants. With her garden as illustration, Karen will show the immense range of habit and scale, as well as flower and foliage form and color found within the genus Epimedium. She will discuss siting, seasonal care, growing tips, propagation, and dispel some misunderstandings surrounding this easy to grow yet underused shade perennial. Karen will also share some of her favorite varieties and companion planting combinations. 

For almost 20 years, Karen has been working to bring epimediums into as many gardens across the United States as possible. A graduate of the Longwood Fellows Program in Public Horticulture, Karen worked at the nearby Tower Hill Botanic Garden. In 2001, she took over this epimedium nursery from Darrell Probst so he could focus on his hybridizing programs. He collected epimediums during expeditions to China, Japan, and Korea. Darrell started the nursery to support his plant collecting and save epimedium species by getting them into cultivation, as many have medicinal uses and are being over-harvested in their native habitats.

Note: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Garden Vision Epimediums will be open free of charge and selling plants, but only those registered for this Digging Deeper will be able to participate in Karen’s teaching tour.

Garden Vision Epimediums
10 Templeton Road
Phillipston, MA 01331

Date and time
Sunday, May 17, 2020
2:00 p.m.

Registration - space is limited; please call the Garden Conservancy Open Days toll-free weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, 1.888.842.2442
$30 Garden Conservancy members
$40 General admission


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