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Creating and Nurturing the Heirloom Garden: Vegetables and Flowers

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Many of the old varieties of vegetable and flowers grown by past generations are lost; but there is still an exciting array of old-fashioned edibles and flowers that can be grown and enjoyed today.  Join photographer and author Rosalind Creasy for a slide lecture on how to select, grow and cook with heirloom vegetables, as well as how to find wonderful heirloom varieties of flowers.

Rosalind Creasy

Rosalind Creasy is a garden and food writer, photographer, and landscape designer with a passion for beautiful vegetables and ecologically sensitive gardening.  She began her career in horticulture in the 1970s as a landscape designer and restaurant consultant. By 1982 she had published her award winning book, The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping. Considered a classic, it coined the term “Edible Landscaping,” now a part of the American vocabulary.  Her Cooking From the Garden, published in 1988, won the Award of Excellence from the Garden Writers of America, and introduced the American public to a vast new palette of vegetables including the then unknown: heirloom tomatoes and melons, mesclun salad greens, and the blue potatoes and corn we now take for granted.

Today, Rosalind continues to share her knowledge of gardening and cooking by writing, lecturing nationwide, appearing on television and radio shows, and working as a consultant to restaurants, growers, and seed companies. Besides her books, she has been published in countless national magazines, written a regular column for the food page of the Los Angeles Times, a garden feature for Garden Design magazine, a regular column for Gardening How-To magazine, and for years was a contributing editor for Country Living Gardener magazine.

Rosalind’s recent publications include the ten book Edible Gardening series filled with beautiful photographs and recipes. The series was awarded a Quill and Trowel Award from the Garden Writers in 2001. Her latest book is a complete update of The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping, now called Edible Landscaping (2010). Recently, Rosalind was awarded a 2011 American Horticulture Society Book Award for Edible Landscaping. She resides in Northern California.

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