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Seeds: So many options! Good approaches to obtaining great seeds.

Feb 8, 2022 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PST


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Marcia McIntyre

Whether perusing seed catalogs, spinning through revolving racks at your local nursery, scrolling seed company websites or considering saving and swapping seeds – it can be overwhelming knowing the best route for obtaining great seeds for your garden. With so many choices, what's a gardener to do?

Join the Multnomah County Master Gardener Association's February Speaker Series as Craig LeHoullier, life-long gardener, author, and tomato breeder shares his wealth of experience and insight regarding the many seed options gardeners have. Craig will cover the advantages and disadvantages of purchasing seeds from large established companies, specialty companies, smaller regional companies, and even seed swapping or seed libraries. In addition, Craig will share a bit of historical perspective in terms of where gardeners find themselves at this point in time vs what gardeners at various points in the past had for seed sources.

Craig LeHoullier lives and gardens in Raleigh, North Carolina. A Rhode Island native, Craig caught the gardening passion from his grandfather, Walter, and dad, Wilfred. Craig achieved his PhD in chemistry at Dartmouth College, which resulted in a 25-year career in pharmaceuticals that ended in 2008.

Craig's gardening obsession, which started the year he and Susan were married (and their first garden, in 1981), is passing 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 adviser for tomatoes, in 1986. He is responsible for naming and popularizing many well-known tomatoes, such as Cherokee Purple.

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