Witch-Hazels—Harbingers of Spring

Join PHA Executive Director Tim Boland for a survey of witch-hazels’ natural history, cultivation and the diversity of cultivated varieties for gardeners to choose from.

Among the most unique and beautiful of early spring blooming plants are the flowering witch-hazels. Remarkably they can bloom in mid-winter or well before the vernal equinox and can extend their delicate and fragrant blooms for several weeks before withering in warmer temperatures. Among the many unique features of the group are flowers that unfurl in warm daylight and recoil before nightfall. These large-sized shrubs or small trees can also have beautiful fall foliage color.

This class will explore the genus Hamamelis and sources for new cultivated varieties that are increasingly becoming available in the nursery trade. Join Mr. Boland as he details his experiences with witch-hazels and his fascination for these under-appreciated but highly ornamental plants.

Pre-registration is required, call to register.

Saturday, February 22 at 10:00am to 12:30pm

Polly Hill Arboretum
809 State Road, West Tisbury, MA 02575

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Nature & Outdoors, Classes & Instruction




$25: PHA Member; $40: Non-Member

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