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Lee Reich, PhD dove into gardening over 40 years ago, initially with one foot in academia, as an agricultural scientist with the USDA and Cornell University, and one foot in the field, the organic field. He eventually expanded his field to a ‘farmden’ (more than a garden, less than a farm) and left academia to lecture (garden clubs, master gardener conferences, flower and garden shows, botanical garden symposia, and USDA conferences), consult, and write. He is the author of many books, including Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden (Timber Press, 2008), The Pruning Book (Taunton Press, 2010), Landscaping with Fruit (Storey, 2009), Grow Fruit Naturally (Taunton Press, 2012), and Weedless Gardening (Workman Publishing, 2000). Lee’s syndicated column for Associated Press appears bimonthly in newspapers from coast to coast. His farmden has been featured in Martha Stewart Living and The New York Times, and won “Most Beautiful Vegetable Garden” award from Organic Gardening magazine. Besides providing a year ‘round supply of fruits and vegetables, the farmden has an educational mission and is a test site for innovative techniques in soil care, pruning, and food production. Science and an appreciation of natural systems underpin Lee’s work. His goal is to get more people, whether in backyards or small farms, to grow more food sustainably and organically.
Gardens are smaller these days, but a small garden is no impediment to fruit growing. Lowbush blueberries, currants, gooseberries, and super dwarf apples are among the fruits that visually and proportionally fit well into small gardens. Planting fruits that double as ornamentals, selection of appropriate varieties, using dwarfing rootstocks, and training plants as espaliers are some of the ways to reap delectable rewards from spaces as small as a balcony to as “large” as a small suburban yard.
Thursday, Feb 23 at 11:45 am / Hood Room / Book signing to follow
Luscious landscaping is the way to beautify any yard and to put (very) local, healthful, and delicious food on the table. Fruit tree expert Lee Reich will introduce some of the best trees, shrubs, and vines that offer luscious fruits yet provide stunning flowers in spring, attractive shape and color through summer, bright colors in autumn, and/or neat form in winter. For landscaping, the ideal is a plant that also is low maintenance, being pest-resistant and requiring little or no pruning.
Friday, Feb 24 at 11:45 am / Hood Room / Book signing to follow