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VENETIE, 1941

As romantic as its namesake (Venetie is Dutch for Venice), this rare survivor from the 1940s evokes a midnight masked ball. Look closely and you’ll see that its unusual, almost smoky orange is brushed at the lips with shadows of burgundy, and — adding to its mysterious allure — its petals sparkle as if dusted with tiny diamonds. 4 feet, from Holland. Last offered in spring 2010. Although it has gone “commercially extinct” in the Netherlands, we hope to offer it again someday. Stay tuned via our email newsletter.


VIOLET QUEEN, 1959Rarest

A rich, full-bodied purple, this vintage glad adds a deep note of counterpoint to gardens and bouquets. White strokes on the lower petals – pollen guides for bees – make it all the more elegant. 4 feet, from Maine. Last offered spring of 2018. We plan to offer this variety again next spring. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.


WHITE FRIENDSHIP, 1959

“Lemon-hearted ‘White Friendship’ has never been surpassed,” says garden super-star Ann Lovejoy who recommends combining it with golden feverfew and blue morning glories. It’s one of the 20th-century’s finest glads, vigorous, lightly ruffled, and radiant. 3-4 feet, from Holland. Last offered in spring 2014, and we’re sad to say it has gone commercially extinct.


WHITE GODDESS, 1948

This luminous beauty is one of very few glads from the 1940s still grown in Dutch bulb fields today, a reflection of its outstanding quality. Its ruffled florets recall that famous movie scene where Marilyn Monroe’s white skirt suddenly billows up all around her — a timeless classic. 4 feet, from Holland. Last offered in spring 2014. Unfortunately it has now gone commercially extinct.


WIG’S SENSATION, 1965

To tell the truth, we didn’t think we’d like this big red glad with the clunky name. But a farmer friend gave us a big bouquet of it and (a) it was so beautiful we found ourselves staring at it whenever we walked by and (b) it lasted and lasted in the vase, longer than any other glad we've ever grown. So here it is – enjoy! 4 feet, from Holland. Our supplier has stopped growing Wig's Sensation and we are looking for a new source. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.


WITCH DOCTOR, 1964

‘Witch Doctor’ is well named. It’s an intense, eerie blend of firelight and smoke — and blood? — with mottling so dark that it almost looks charred. It’s not for the faint of heart, but if you dare to try it, we bet you’ll never forget it. Small-flowered, 3-4 feet, from Maine. Last offered in 2014. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.


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