Epic Tomatoes from Your Gardens: Some stories, history, and tips for success
6 to 8 PM – Thursday, April 13, 2017
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
Davidson Event Center
Price: $15 members; $25 non-members
Tomatoes are the centerpiece of most gardens, as well as many mid-summer recipes. This is the very best time to be a tomato lover, as the selection of types to grow or purchase seems endless. Craig will be your guide on a comprehensive journey through all aspects of this wonderful vegetable (or is it a fruit?!). Starting by positioning the tomato in US gastronomic history, he will take you on a journey through some personal favorites that will do well for Pittsburgh growers, telling many stories of particular varieties along the way, including some special new varieties created by his unique world-wide breeding project perfectly suited for space-challenged gardeners. Craig will then switch gears and talk all about achieving success from seed starting to harvest, sharing the many tips and tricks he's learned in his 30 plus year experience focusing on tomatoes.
About the instructor
Craig LeHoullier lives and gardens in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife, Susan, and their collection of cats and dogs. An avid gardener his whole life, Craig's love affair with tomatoes (particularly heirloom varieties) culminated in his first book, Epic Tomatoes (Storey Publishing, 2015). His exploration of growing techniques led to his second book, Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales (Storey). A chemist by education, Craig considers his gardens to be his annual laboratories, and he loves to speak to gardening audiences to not only share what he learns, but to learn from others as well; this is one of his favorite parts of gardening.