Berbee Bulb Co. owner to speak to Garten Club
To the uninitiated, gardening season, for all intents and purposes, is pretty much over.
To Henk Berbee, there's plenty of time left.
Berbee, owner of the Leo Berbee Bulb Co. in Marysville, will speak at the next German Village Garten Club meeting, slated for 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in the German Village Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.
The conversation is free and open to the public.
Berbee, a third-generation flower bulb producer and distributor, will address popular bulbs -- including tulips, hyacinth, daffodil, crocus, allium -- and also will have some for sale.
"The bulbs are the first things to bloom in the spring -- even before your annuals," he said.
The optimum time to plant the bulbs is before the soil temperature falls to 60 degrees or colder, which is basically through Thanksgiving, he said.
The discussion is open to people of all levels of gardening ability, Berbee said.
He said he will talk about which depths to plant the bulbs, fertilizer, density, color patterns and watering.
Berbee also will address the more complex issue of rejuvenation, which gives the gardener the opportunity to make the annual a perennial.
Different flowers bloom at different times, giving gardeners infinite design potential, he said.
"One of the beauties of flower bulbs is they first start to emerge in late February," Berbee said.
"And we have flowers as late as the month of June."
He said he also will participate in a question-and-answer session with the audience.
"I'm kind of creating ideas in people's minds," he said.
Bob Mullinax, president of the garten club, said Berbee's visit is a "perfect fit for the village."
"I think everybody is always looking for the perfect garden that can bloom from month to month," he said.
Those looking to join the garten club can do so at the meeting.
Annual membership dues are $20.