The Heirloom Gardener – Traditional Plants and Skills
NHLA welcomes garden historian, ethnobotanist ,and heirloom specialist, John Forti. John lectures nationally and internationally at museums, garden clubs, botanical gardens, horticultural, herbal, and historical societies. He regularly consults on historic garden restoration projects nationally and has designed numerous public and private gardens throughout the country.
He has directed gardens for Plimoth Plantation Museum, Strawbery Banke Museum, Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and Bedrock Gardens. As a Slow Food Slow Food USA Governor and biodiversity specialist, his preservation work has helped to restore countless native and heirloom plants and has brought traditional artisanal practices to modern thinking. He has won numerous awards for historic garden preservation, children’s garden design, herbal and historical education and the 2021 Award of Excellence from National Garden Clubs, one of the nation’s most-recognized nonprofits and largest volunteer gardening organization in the world. His new book was inspired by his posts as The Heirloom Gardener – John Forti which go out regularly to millions on Facebook.
His talk will draw from his new book of traditional plants and skills for the modern world. Richly illustrated with period images and contemporary photographs, his PowerPoint shares inspiration from our long history of heirloom and native plant preservation, garden craft and homestead lifeways that we can apply to our own gardens and landscapes. Artisanal gardening lifestyles that are helping us to rebuild vibrant local agricultural economies and celebrate sustainable cottage industries that are contributing to our new, homegrown American arts & crafts movement and backyard environmentalism. At a time when we could all use a little good news, we hope you will join us for a refreshing look at how you can make a difference and build habitat in your own backyard and community.
Snow Date: Thursday, January 19, 2023
Registration will begin at 5:00pm. Talk will begin promptly at 5:45pm. Dinner will follow talk.
Cost: $55 for members, $65 for non-members.
NHCLPs will earn one-half credit for attending. Attendance list will be sent to Abby Zuidema, after the event.