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On January 18th we met Elizabeth Strangman who is known for her work with hybridizing Helllebores. She’s gave us a lovely tour of some of the Hellebores in her own garden. She picked a few for us to take a closer look at and showed us examples of some of her crosses. We also learned that their down facing flower habit isn’t just to make us work to enjoy their beauty, it protects the sexual parts from rot. 

The photos are of an arrangement I made on another student and an example of one of her crosses. She loves the green ones the most. My favorite is the photo with the single flower. It’s smaller with a nice rounded shape and depth with the dark red center. Although, if I look at it too long, it reminds me of the exhibition ‘Body Worlds’ which displays inner anatomical structures.

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