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Craig LeHoullier

Author, Epic Tomatoes and Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales

Craig LeHoullier’s passion for plants began with his explorations of his grandfather’s backyard garden. He retired from a 25 year career at GSK Pharma (where he applied his PhD degree in chemistry), then decided to take the plunge into garden writing and blogging. Craig continues as tomato advisor for Seed Savers Exchange, a position held for decades. His gardening interests focus on open pollinated (non-hybrid) tomato, pepper and eggplant varieties, in a wide range of colors, sizes and flavors. In the last 30 years, he has trialed more than 2,000 tomato varieties and has introduced more than 100 varieties to the trade. He is the author of Epic Tomatoes: How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All Time, published by Storey Publishing in December, 2014, and the upcoming Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales, due out by Storey in December 2015. Craig lectures widely, from local Master Gardener groups to Monticello, the Seed Savers Exchange, Northwest Flower and Garden and Philadelphia Flower shows, and is a frequent guest on regional radio shows and podcasts. Craig is also co-lead of a unique, world-wide breeding project that has produced dozens of new, dwarf-growing tomatoes that are perfect for container gardeners.


Epic Tomatoes in Abundance: Varieties and Methods for Great Tomatoes

Growing perfect, ripe tomatoes is the Holy Grail for Northwest edible gardeners. Focusing on success for the challenging Pacific Northwest climate, ‘Tomatomaniac’ Craig LeHoullier will showcase some superb, unique tomatoes and delve into a variety of success factors to help gardeners ensure that they find them in abundance in their harvest baskets.

Saturday, Feb 20 at 1:00 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

GARDEN 101: Your Best Edible Garden

Grow Epic Tomatoes Wherever the Sun Shines

Edible gardening has become a huge priority for health conscious gardeners. But how can you make the most of your edibles, and grow them so they look beautiful with your current landscape? You will gain a bushel of tips and insights from these three acclaimed experts in edible gardening: Brad Halm, Craig LeHoullier and Charlie Nardozzi will help you extend the growing season, integrate your edibles within your existing garden to maximize space, and help you attain that rarest of edible produce: perfectly grown tomatoes!

Sunday, Feb 21 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow