The former director of Seed Savers Exchange and co-editor of The Seed Garden shares the stories of some of his favorite heirloom varieties and makes the case for why we should still be growing these time-honored vegetables and flowers in our gardens today. Recounting the tales of this varieties, many of which were headed for extinction before dedicated gardeners, seed savers, and farmers created a movement to rescue them, Buttala shares ideas for creating a diverse garden that ensures the security of our food supply, while providing us with great tasting produce and beautiful plants that can inhabit our gardens for generations to come.
In his life as a gardener, nonprofit leader and writer, Lee Buttala has explored the world of gardening from many angles. He is the former Executive Director of Seed Savers Exchange, a seed bank dedicated to the sharing and saving of seeds that define America's food and garden heritage, and the only non-governmental organization storing seed at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. He was also the director of marketing communications for BBG and the Preservation Manager for the Garden Conservancy,and is also the Chair of the Historic Landscapes Committee of the APGA. He won an Emmy-Award as a garden television producer for Martha Stewart Living, and was the creator of PBS's Cultivating Life and editor of the award-winning book: The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Saving Seed. He also writes a weekly garden column for the Berkshire Edge and sits on the board of Hollister House Garden in Washington, CT. He studied garden design at the Chelsea Physic Garden, the New York Botanical Garden, and the Kyoto School of Art and Design. You can follow him on Instagram at #leebuttala or the self taught gardener.