Cindy Tibbetts will return to Merryspring with her talk titled Not Your Grandmother’s Geraniums on Tuesday, July 26 at noon at Merryspring Nature Center.

Did grandma keep geranium plants to brighten winter windowsills? Tibbetts’ grandmother grew zonal geraniums, those classic plants with green leaves and bright red and pink flowers with which all are familiar. Little did she know of the enormous variety of plants that belong to the geranium family. Come and see some of the many kinds of geraniums available today, including some with leaves that put coleus to shame. Learn about Stellar geraniums, with their origins shrouded in mystery. Find out why geraniums really aren’t geraniums at all! Tibbetts will also talk about geranium care, ways to use geraniums (including in food) and the best way to take and root geranium cuttings.

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 website, HummingbirdFarm.net, is full of information on choosing and growing clematis, including their own simplified recommendations for pruning.

This program is part of Merryspring’s Summer Tuesday Talk Series, which is co-sponsored by The First and by Jaret and Cohn.

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 nonprofit nature education center and park located at the end of Conway Road off Route 1 by the Hannaford shopping plaza in Camden. For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or visit merryspring.org.