Description: Known by many as a simple ground cover for dry woodland shade, Epimediums are finally getting the appreciation they deserve. This “perfect shade perennial” possesses a delicate beauty that belies its surprisingly tough, long-lasting nature. Karen Perkins, owner of Garden Vision Epimediums, will illustrate the many and varied types now commercially available, including some of the exciting new evergreen species from China. Characteristics, growth habit, growing and propagation, pests and diseases, and combining Epimediums with other shade perennials in the garden will also be addressed. We will even get a glimpse into the collecting trips to China made by Darrell Probst. Karen will also feature several choice, easy to grow shade perennials that combine well with Epimediums.
Bio: Karen Perkins graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture, and from the University of Delaware with a Master of Science in Public Garden Management. She has worked/interned at several botanic gardens including: the Cornell Plantations, Longwood Gardens, The Arboretum at Flagstaff, Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew, England, and Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh, Scotland. She served in the Education Department of the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Mass. for 17 years.
Karen is currently the owner of Garden Vision Epimediums, a Massachusetts-based mail order nursery, started by Darrell Probst, and offering over 170 species and varieties of Epimediums along with other choice companion shade perennials.