You might be thinking: Autumn just got started; how could we possibly be talking about Spring? While this may be true, gardeners know now is the time to lay the groundwork for all your blooms and blossoms. If you’ve never dove into the world of springtime bulbs, you might be intimidated by the process. However, with just a bit of help, your garden can be transformed into a floral oasis.

On Tuesday, October 3rd, you’re invited to join the New Jersey State Library for a crash course on blooming bulbs. This free-to-attend webinar will begin at 12 pm on Zoom. All are welcome to attend, although advanced registration will be required. If you wish to be a part of this fascinating conversation, you can register to attend here: Register – Zoom. Whether you’re a gardening master or just getting started, you’re certain to learn something new from the day’s festivities.

Although we all look forward to the flowers returning in the springtime, you may not know that the preparations for these botanical beauties begin back in the Autumn. Throughout the afternoon, guests will have the opportunity to learn more about the growing cycles of beloved flowers such as daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths, as well as more details about some lesser-known blooms, including snow drops, squill, and scilla. Guests will learn more about design concepts, how to plant eye-catching combinations, the right time to plant based on bulb type, how to achieve six months of blooming bulbs, and the basics of planting and nurturing bulbs. This presentation has visually stunning photos and descriptions of dozens of spring-blooming bulbs.

After retiring from a long career in the computer software industry, Debbie studied horticulture at Brookdale Community College, eventually becoming a certified Rutgers Master Gardener of Monmouth County in 2015. Debbie is an active member of the master gardener organization. She served on the Board of Trustees and many other committees for three years. She is currently co-chairperson of the Speaker’s Bureau committee and is responsible for new program development on horticultural topics. Debbie has been a home gardener for over 30 years. Since purchasing her home in 1988, she has filled her property with many perennial garden beds and a small vegetable garden. As part of her community service, she volunteers at the Church of St. Anselm vegetable garden to grow and donate fresh organic produce to local food pantries.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more before the discussion, please get in touch with the New Jersey State Library at (609) 278-2640 for additional details. Now is the time to get going on next year’s garden, so be certain to register now!

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