Cindy Tibbetts will present a talk titled “Clematis: Queen of the Flowering Vines” on Tuesday, June 21 at 12 noon at Merryspring Nature Center.

Cindy and Brian Tibbetts, owners of Hummingbird Farm, added clematis to their line of interesting plants in 2000 and soon discovered that many of their customers were intimidated by these flowering vines. Other customers wanted hard-to-find varieties. Since then, the Tibbetts have researched and experimented, constantly looking for rare and reliable varieties and developing the best techniques for planting and caring for them. They sell around 100 varieties of clematis, all disease resistant and hardy to Zone 4. Their web site, is full of information on choosing and growing clematis, including their own simplified recommendations for pruning.

In 2004, Cindy began speaking on “Clematis: Queen of the Flowering Vines” to garden clubs and other organizations. Her PowerPoint presentation covers plant selection, placement, planting, and pruning and is designed to remove the mystique from growing clematis. Not sure which plant to choose? Intimidated by pruning? This presentation will help! Handouts are provided and live plants will give the participants the opportunity to see some rare specimens “up close and personal.”

This program is part of Merryspring’s Tuesday Talk Series, which is sponsored in part by The First.

Admission to the Tuesday Talks is free to Merryspring members and children. There is a $5 charge for non-members. Merryspring is a member-supported, non-profit nature education center and park located at the end of Conway Road just off Route 1 by the Hannaford shopping plaza in Camden. For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or visit the website at