Why These Seeds Belong in Your Garden: 20 Varieties and Their Extraordinary Stories

Saturday, Sept. 22nd: 1:30 - 2:30 pm Heritage Tent
Included with Admission

For decades, Seed Savers Exchange has been saving heirloom varieties of fruit and vegetable seeds – not only for their great taste and because they have graced family tables for decades, but also because of the stories that each seed has to share. From stories of immigration to tales of seed-bearing dogs and geese, the narratives of these varieties take us on a journey through American history, introducing tomatoes, beans and squash that still belong in our gardens and kitchens today.

Lee Buttala

Director, Seed Savers Exchange
Lee Buttala

Lee Buttala is the executive director of Seed Savers Exchange, which is dedicated to the preservation of America’s garden and farming heritage. He is an Emmy Award-winning television producer of “Martha Stewart Living” and was the creator, producer and director of “Cultivating Life,” a PBS series on outdoor living and gardening. He has written for The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, New York, and Metropolitan Home. As an editor, he has worked for Saveur, Garden Design, and Interview, and for the book publisher Alfred A. Knopf. Buttala served as the preservation program manager for the Garden Conservancy and has studied garden design at Kyoto University of Art and Design, the English Gardening School at London’s Chelsea Physic Garden and the New York Botanical Garden. He is the author and editor of the books “Cultivating Life: A Guide to Outdoor Living” and “The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Seed Saving”. You can also follow him on Instagram.