A couple of years ago, when things like book tours still happened, I had the pleasure of being on an East coast Horticulture magazine tour with Raymond Evison for 10 days. A charming Brit who grew up raising clematis, Evison's tony British accent, his humor and love for clematis makes his talks exceptionally fun and useful.
And this week Evison is in Seattle to tell us all about the exceptionally easy-care clematis he is breeding on the isle of Guernsey and shipping around the world. He's part of Molbak's Spring Kick Off Weekend, speaking on "Clematis and Complimentary Companion Plants" on Saturday, April 9 from 3 - 4 p.m. at the Woodinville nursery. He’ll share tips on pruning, feeding and general care, while showcasing his newest clematis varieties. And just in case you need a little further incentive to deck your garden in "the queen of vines", all clematis at Molbaks will be 20% off from Saturday through April 17. Closer to town, Evison will talk about his favorite vines at Swanson's Nursery on Friday, April 8, at 4 p.m.
'Crystal Fountain' (above), the unusually colored 'Rebecca', below, and the seriously double blue 'Diamantina', bottom photo, introduced at the 2010 Chelsea Flower Show, are examples of Evison's clematis breeding prowess. Can you picture that velvety red 'Rebecca', named after Evison's daughter, climbing up a purple smoke bush, or maybe a golden locust??