Bulbs for Different Garden Habitats

Russell Stafford

January 24, 2018 


Crocus korolkowii ‘Brown Tiger’


Russell Stafford

Russell Stafford will discuss his experience with bulbous plants and introduce us to the best hardy bulbs, corms, rhizomes & tubers that thrive in various garden habitats.  Come find out which ones will work in your yard.


John O’Brien with speaker Don Leopold at our Soup Symposium

We are a small group …  one on one interaction with our speakers is a plus of our membership



Russell is an experienced ecologist, horticulturist, botanist, and plant enthusiast who grows and sells many of the best and often hard to find ornamental plants for New England gardens at Odyssey Bulbs and Odyssey Perennials.

Fritillaria stenanthera ‘Cambridge form’

He holds a master’s degree in forest ecology, has served in various professional capacities in public and private horticulture,

Russell Stafford w Allium

has written for The American Gardener, Horticulture, and other publications, and is a member of numerous horticultural and botanical associations.

Anemone x lipsiensis

He will be discussing some of the best hardy bulbs, corms, rhizomes and tubers that work best in the varied habitats of our gardens.




A little known beauty from easten North America, Delphinium tricorne grows form a “bulb” (or a tuber, botanically speaking).

Here’s a close-up of what it’s doing in bloom.

Delphinium tricorne – a native tuber

Fritillaria stenanthera ‘Cambridge form’

                                                                                                           One of the few pink fritillarias, in one of its finest forms. Fritillaria stenanthera Cambridge form, to be exact.


Camassia leichtlinii ‘Alba’


Camassia leichtlinii ‘Alba’ ~ This is one of those nomenclatural oddities – a named white-flowered “selection” of a white-flowered species (the blue-flowered members of the species properly belonging under subspecies suksdorfii.) But it’s too lovely a thing to waste time quibbling over. Handsome creamy-white flowers hover in long, open spikes on 3-foot stems in late spring. Steppe/Maritime; NW US. Zone






Socializing and goodies will begin at 7:00PM with the speaker at 7:30 PM.

Members whose last names begin with A-M are asked to bring goodies in January. We will alternate initials with each month.

We Suggest a $10 Donation towards speaker costs from guests…

or join us for the year…   http://cthardyplantsociety.org/autumn-newsletter-and-membership-renewal/

Directions for all regular meetings:

The Solomon Welles House, Wethersfield, CT

From the Silas Deane Highway (Route 99) turn East on Nott Street. The
house is located at the intersection of Nott Street, Hartford Avenue and State
Street. The street address is 220 Hartford Avenue, Wethersfield, CT.

From I 91, take exit 26 and follow signs to Motor Vehicle Department. The house is just beyond the MVD building at the intersection of Nott Street, Hartford Avenue and State Street.

There is a circular drive in front of the house and people may stop there to
unload anything that they are bringing to the meeting. There are two
handicapped spaces to the left of the house off this semicircle. To get to the
main parking area, you must follow the driveway around the left side of the
house to the area below and behind it. A pathway leads to the house from
the parking area and you may enter the house from either the front door or
the side kitchen door.