The Burpee Legacy Continues at the Flower Show


George Ball

While the Flower Show is known for its lush landscapes, fabulous arrangements, and exotic florals, visitors can also check out the many lectures offered by celebrated floral and landscaping aficionados. Springtime in Paris is honored to feature one of the nation’s most-celebrated garden companies, W. Atlee Burpee & Co., based in Bucks County, PA.  An integral part of the region’s rich history in horticulture and a pioneer of classic varieties such as sweet yellow corn and iceberg lettuce, Burpee will present two lectures at the Show this year.

Chairman and CEO, George Ball, will discuss Burpee’s remarkable 135-year legacy in his lecture, “The 135 Year Garden Supernova: A History of W. Atlee Burpee & Co.” Visitors can listen to this lecture on Saturday, March 12 at 11:30 am in Room 201-C of the Convention Center.

The second lecture, “Path of an Irish Primrose” will be given by Simon Crawford, Burpee’s International Plant Exploration Consultant.  Crawford will speak about the history of Kennedy Irish Primroses, a selection of old-fashioned flowers bred in Ireland. The primrose can be purchased at the Meadowbrook Farm Store at the Flower Show, and at Heronswood Nursery later this spring.  This lecture will be given on Sunday, March 6 at 11:30 am in Room 201-C.

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