Calling all tomato lovers! Join North Carolina’s “Tomato Man” Craig LeHoullier on an informative and visually beautiful journey through the world of tomatoes, including historical anecdotes, magical heirloom stories, and new and exciting options for space-challenged gardeners. LeHoullier’s presentation provides attendees with the success factors needed to plant and grow great tomatoes. Learn to identify which garden is right for you and take home planning strategies to help you get there. From seed-starting and saving to plant maintenance and trouble-shooting, this session is a distillation of LeHoullier’s 37-year (and counting) love affair with the tomato. There will be plenty of time for questions, and participants leave with a selection of all-time recipe favorites.
Craig LeHoullier lives and gardens in Raleigh, North Carolina. A Rhode Island native, he caught the gardening passion from his grandfather Walter and dad Wilfred. He achieved his Ph.D. in chemistry at Dartmouth College, which resulted in a 25-year career in pharmaceuticals that ended in 2008.
LeHoullier’s gardening obsession has passed through several stages. His love of heirloom tomatoes began with joining the Seed Savers Exchange, an organization for which he continues to serve as adviser for tomatoes. He is responsible for naming and popularizing many well-known tomatoes, such as Cherokee Purple, and is an adviser for the newly launched World Tomato Society.
In 2005 he added amateur tomato breeding to his garden resume and continues to co-lead the Dwarf Tomato Breeding Project. His writing career kicked off with a 2012 request from Storey Publishing to pen a book on tomatoes, resulting in Epic Tomatoes (2015). His second book, Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales, soon followed (2016).
LeHoullier is a popular lecturer across the country at major gardening events, as well as a frequent guest on podcasts and radio shows. His upcoming projects include a third book, which will focus on the story of the Dwarf Tomato Breeding Project, and a webinar series and online courses in which he will share his gardening knowledge.