Buckle up and join Craig LeHoullier for a deep dive into his 40 year obsession with tomatoes. Starting with a few stories, a bit of history and evidence on why this is the best time even for tomato enthusiasts, Craig will share his discoveries of great varieties and share his view of how tomato colors and flavors correlate. He then will shift gears and take everyone from seed starting to seed saving, touching upon challenges particular to those gardening in warm, humid areas - like ours. Bring all of your questions, as Craig will stick around until all are answered.
lives and gardens in Hendersonville, North Carolina. His gardening obsession, which started in 1981, has passed through several stages. His love of heirloom tomatoes began with his joining the Seed Savers Exchange, an organization for which he continues to serve as advisor for tomatoes, in 1986. He is responsible for naming and popularizing many well known tomatoes, such as Cherokee Purple, Lillian’s Yellow Heirloom and Lucky Cross.
In 2005 he added amateur tomato breeding to his garden resume, and continues to co-lead the Dwarf Tomato Breeding project, responsible for creating 145 (and counting) new compact growing varieties for space-challenged gardeners. His writing career kicked off with a 2012 request from Storey Publishing to write a book on tomatoes, resulting in Epic Tomatoes (2014). His second book, Growing Vegetables in Straw bales, soon followed (2016). Book 3, focusing on the Dwarf Tomato Breeding Project, is in progress and should be completed during 2023 as a self-published creation.
When: Wednesday, May 24th from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Where: Sow True Seed - 243 Haywood Street Asheville 28801
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