Unfortunately, Bright Sky Press has decided not to reprint Chris's book Heirloom Bulbs for Today. They are sold out, and we are sold out! Texas A&M Press will be publishing his latest book The Bulb Hunter this fall 2013! Please sign up for the newsletter and be one of the first to hear when it becomes available for sale!
Heirloom Bulbs for Today by Chris Wiesinger, co-authored by Cherie Foster-Colburn, and illustrated by Loela Barry.
Heirloom Bulbs for Today introduces new gardeners to the best of the bulb world and shares information that will delight even the most seasoned gardener. Chris Wiesinger, “The Bulb Hunter,” spends his days rescuing heirloom bulbs, digging for their links to the past. In this long awaited collection, you’ll find all the wisdom he’s gleaned from his adventures with bulbs. He answers common questions and provides information on the characteristics, history, and uses of each bulb. The entertaining and often challenging situations he finds himself in while collecting old varieties will charm you with their undeniably Southern flavor.
Hunting bulbs is hard work, and Chris’ search for these hardy favorites—the comfort food of the plant world--take him into every corner of the horticultural world. On his travels from rickety abandoned homesteads to fine English estates he’s learned that all gardens--and all gardeners--are enriched by knowledge of the plants’ personalities. Here, he couples horticultural information with history. Detailed portraits of each bulb accompany examples of bulbs as he discovered them and as they have naturalized in contemporary gardens, while vivid photographs of the bulbs flowering in historic gardens, homes and cemeteries transport readers on their own bulb hunt.
Let Chris introduce you to the bulbs he loves best, from early spring’s daffodils and Roman hyacinths to the passionate oxblood and spider lilies that herald the fall. Look at your garden from a bulb hunter’s point of view, and you’ll see there’s always something new to discover about old friends.
Known as “The Bulb Hunter” for his relentless pursuit of heirloom bulbs and their history, author Chris Wiesinger works with his team at The Southern Bulb Company to rescue bulbs and get them back into American gardens. Lauded in the New York Times and listed as one of House & Garden's most important American tastemakers, Wiesinger is a sought-after speaker throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Co-Author Cherie Foster Colburn is a professional landscape designer, contributor for numerous magazines and author of Our Shadow Garden, illustrated by children of M. D. Anderson’s Children’s Art Project. www.cheriecolburn.com.
Loela Barry and Johan Kritzinger create works of art as the JoLoè team. For more information about the range of their work, see www.joloe-art.com.