About Margaret

Margaret Paterson with some of her Bromeliads

Margaret Paterson with some of her Bromeliads

There will be very few Bromeliad enthusiasts who have not heard of Margaret Paterson and her spectacular Neoregelia hybrids.

What started in 1950 (when Margaret stresses, she was a very young girl), as a passing interest in a colorful foliage plant someone had given her, has developed into a lifelong passion for “Broms”. This has lead Margaret to talk at many seminars and conferences about her passion. And fortunately for us has culminated into the most amazing collection of Neos, that we can now all share through this incredible book.

Margaret always had a green thumb and was always interested in plants as a child growing rex begonias, african violets, ferns, anthuriums – the list could go on.

Margaret Hybridizing a Neoregelia

Margaret Hybridizing a Neoregelia

And even today, her garden is a tropical paradise of many species but the predominant feature is the Bromeliad.

She was bitten by the “brom bug” or “caught the disease” (which Bill swears is incurable) in the 1970′s when she started to buy Brom pups by the box full from a family friend. As time went on Margaret dreamt of new colors and new patterns and decided to “try” her hand at hybridization. And the “animal” was born. For her, hybridizing has always been a labour of love and done for her own pleasure. It was never something she thought of as a business but just something for her own satisfaction that she could produce the desired plant she had in mind.

This book has been lovingly compiled by Margaret’s long suffering husband Bill who long ago learnt it was just easier to go along with the Broms. The mission of this book is not to act as a means of identification nor to be just a catalogue of her plants but to act as a tribute to her hybridization skills and as a record of the beautiful plants she has created.

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