Of the several important issues for the home gardener to understand and practice, pruning is quite possibly the most critical and the least well understood. Mal Condon will share some details of our ‘Seasonal Step Approach to Pruning’ – focusing on specific new understandings we continue to explore and develop over time. Additionally, several cultural issues deserve extra attention at this most important time in our growing season – fertilizing, bloom color control, irrigation strategies. ‘Container Growing Techniques’ for our much loved Hydrangea macrophyllas deserves serious consideration as a method for insuring winter survival. Full details will be presented ‘on screen’ and ‘live’.
A lifelong gardener, Mal Condon has been collecting, propagating, and growing hydrangeas for more than 40 years. His initial home gardening pursuits developed over the years into a dedicated commercial operation. An engineer by education and profession, he is strongly committed to the continuing development of the genus – always searching for new and better plants, evaluating their landscape performance, and finding superior ways to produce and grow them.
His Hydrangea Farm Nursery on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts was a well-known specialty nursery featuring one of the largest hydrangea collections in the Northeast. In 2014, he relocated to Cape Cod, where he continues his passion establishing a significant new garden. Mal frequently shares his many hydrangea learnings with garden clubs, horticultural associations, and plant societies – in the USA and other hydrangea-centric locations world-wide.
He is currently the Curator of Hydrangeas at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, MA and totally involved with the continuing expansion of the Garden’s significant collections, including the North American Hydrangea Test Garden and The Cape Cod Hydrangea Society’s Display Garden.