Summer Bulbs

Speakers: Michael Erdman
Date: February 13, 2018
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Kitchener Public Library
85 Queen St N
Kitchener ON  N2H 2H1
Room: Theater (Lower level)

Learn about exotic and easy-to-grow bulbs, corms, and tubers for the summer and fall garden, including pineapple lilies, tiger flowers, spider lilies, and the amazing climbing lily - Gloriosa rothschildiana. Michael will share tips for growing these interesting plants both in the garden and in containers, including plant care such as watering and fertilizing, and how to store the bulbs during the winter so that you can enjoy their beauty year after year. And you will learn how simple and rewarding these wonderful, but less familiar plants are for the average gardener!

Seminar-2017-02.pngMichael Erdman developed his keen interest in gardening and horticulture when he bought his first house in Toronto's Riverdale neighbourhood in the late 80's. Although his grandfathers had tutored him as a child in the culture of roses and growing vegetables, there was a long interlude between opportunities to get his hands dirty. With a blank slate of a yard at his new house and being a researcher by trade, Michael threw himself into learning about perennials, roses, shrubs and within a couple of years had no grass left in his yard. Without his knowledge, a friend entered him in a couple of garden contests, and in two years his garden won first prizes in the Riverdale ward and White Rose Nursery's city-wide garden contest. 

Moving to the Beach neighbourhood in the '90's for more arable land, Michael co-authored books on perennial gardening and indoor gardening, and eventually became president of the Beach Garden Society. His Beach garden is regularly featured in the Society's summer garden tours, and has been featured in numerous magazines, newspapers and TV programs. He tends hundreds of houseplants, including camellias and orchids. Always looking for new challenges, he recently completed the Garden Clubs of Ontario 6-year horticultural and floral arts/design judging certification courses. In addition, he was a founding member of and currently heads up the Greater Toronto Bulb Society. 

These programs are a joint initiative of the Kitchener Horticultural Society and the Kitchener Public Library.

There is no charge for admission but your generous support is appreciated.