Diane Ott Whealy

Co-Founder of Seed Savers Exchange
Diane Ott Whealy

Diane Ott Whealy is co-founder of Seed Savers Exchange, a nonprofit that has been dedicated to saving and sharing America’s heirloom seeds since 1975. Managing a living collection of over 20,000 varieties, Seed Savers Exchange distributes open-pollinated seeds, coordinates a member-to-member seed swap of homegrown seeds and teaches the time-honored tradition of seed saving. Diane has been a national leader and advocate for the protection of our garden heritage for more than 40 years. She helped develop the nonprofit’s headquarters, Heritage Farm — a scenic 890-acre farm near Decorah, Iowa — into a unique educational center designed to maintain and display collections of historic garden varieties. Today, Diane curates her cottage-style flower and herb display garden at Heritage Farm and speaks at garden conferences throughout the country.