“Blooms Best Perennials and Grasses: Expert Plant Choices and Dramatic Combinations for Year-Round Gardens” by Adrian Bloom distills his 50 years of world-class experience as a nurseryman and gardener into 250 reliable choices that are beautiful, easy to maintain and provide year-round interest.
In addition to in-depth design, care and planting information, Bloom shares his ideas on structured borders that include a mix of perennials, grasses and other plants in supporting roles. He also discusses his trademark “river of plants” technique to create a dramatic focal point in the garden.
In conjunction with the book launch, Adrian has a number of speaking and book signing engagements focused on the book’s theme:
September 22. Perennial Plant Association Northeast Regional Symposium at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in Wellesley, Mass. Pre-registration required (perennialplant.org).
September 23. An evening with Adrian Bloom at the extraordinary Cape Cod garden of Paul Miskovsky, which is rarely open to the public. Enjoy conversation, cocktails and hors d’oeurves. Tickets available at masshort.org.
September 25. “Expert Plant Choices” and “Dramatic Combinations for Year-Round Gardens” lectures. Location is the Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia, N.Y. Pre-registration required (pyours.com).
September 28. University of Vermont’s Davis Center in Burlington. Two lectures, lunch and book signing during the day. Informal gathering at Rocky Dale Gardens, Bristol, Vt., in the evening. Pre-registration required (http://greenworksvermont.org/2010/08/22/adrian-bloom).
As a champion of the year-round garden, Bloom has spent his life promoting plants and ideas on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1975, he was the first to offer one of many “giveaway gardens” to show what can be achieved in the smaller garden. He is the holder of the prestigious Victoria Medal of Honour from the Royal Horticultural Society for service to horticulture.
Along with his late father, Alan Bloom, Adrian has been responsible for introducing nearly 200 perennials to the marketplace, including selections from other breeders. Between 80 and 100 of these are still in worldwide production today.