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Heirloom Bulbs of the Year

From America’s Expert Source for Heirloom Flower Bulbs
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From 2000 to 2010, we spotlighted both the excellence and plight of heirloom bulbs by honoring one fall-planted and one spring-planted Heirloom Bulb of the Year.

All of these honorees are exceptionally beautiful, garden-worthy, and historic, yet most are largely forgotten today and are slipping ever closer to extinction. The only way to save them is to grow them, and we hope you’ll help. Plant a few, see for yourself how wonderful they are — and then help us tell the world about them!


Our Fall-Planted Heirloom Bulbs of the Year

Empress Daffodil
Empress, 1869

fall 2009 — Empress daffodil, 1869

fall 2008 — Chestnut Flower double hyacinth, 1880

fall 2007 — Tulipa clusiana, 1607

fall 2006 — Byzantine gladiolus, 1629 (Learn more.)

fall 2005 — Mrs. Backhouse daffodil, 1921

fall 2004 — Tulipa acuminata, 1816

fall 2003 — Black Beauty lily, 1816 (Learn more.)

fall 2002 — Conspicuus daffodil, 1869 (Learn more.)

fall 2001 — Clara Butt tulip, 1889 (Learn more.)

fall 2000 — Perle Brilliante hyacinth, 1895 (Learn more.)


Our Spring-Planted Heirloom Bulbs of the Year

Winsome Dahlia
Winsome, 1940

spring 2010 — Winsome dahlia, 1940

spring 2009 — Madame Chereau iris, 1844

spring 2008 — Carolina Primrose, 1908

spring 2007 — Kaiser Wilhelm dahlia, 1881 (Learn more.)

spring 2006 — Atom gladiolus, 1946

spring 2005 — Madame Caseneuve canna, 1902

spring 2004 — Mexican Single tuberose, 1530 (Learn more.)

spring 2003 — Jersey’s Beauty dahlia, 1923 (Learn more.)