Southern Appalachian Plant Society

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Jan 21, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  Note:  The meeting room will not open to participants until after 6:50pm as the first 20-25 minutes will be used to get Craig LeHoullier set up to give his presentation.

Craig LeHoullier, Author and Gardener

Epic Tomatoes from YOUR Garden – Some stories, history, tips for success

Thursday, January 21, at 7 pm
This is a Zoom presentation. SAPS members will be sent a link.

In this information-packed program, Craig will take us on a colorful journey through his 40-year love affair with tomatoes. Beginning with some historical background that will highlight how lucky we current to- mato growers and lovers are, the first half will guide us through the process of choosing which varieties will work best in our gardens. Fol- lowing a break for questions, Craig will delve into cultural tips – from seed starting, care and feeding, troubleshooting, to harvest and seed saving. Craig will share techniques that work for traditional in-ground growing, as well as ways to bring your plants to the sun in containers or straw bales. Craig will linger on line to answer your questions.

Craig LeHoullier lives and gardens in Hendersonville, North Carolina as of January 2020; prior to that, he and his wife and pets resided in Raleigh, NC, for 28 years. A Rhode Island native, he caught the gar- dening passion from his father and grandfather. Craig earned his PhD in chemistry at Dartmouth College and had a 25 year career in phar- maceuticals.

Craig’s gardening obsession, which started the year he and Susan were married and their first garden in 1981, is passing through several stages. His love of heirloom tomatoes began in 1986 with his joining the Seed Savers Exchange, an organization for which he continues to serve as adviser for tomatoes. He is responsible for naming and popu- larizing many well known tomatoes, such as Cherokee Purple. In 2005 he added amateur tomato breeding to his garden resume and contin- ues to co-lead the Dwarf Tomato Breeding project, responsible for cre- ating 125 (and counting) new compact growing varieties for space- challenged gardeners.

Craig’s writing career kicked off with a 2012 request from Storey Pub- lishing to write a book on tomatoes, resulting in Epic Tomatoes (2015). His second book, Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales, soon followed in 2016. Book 3, focusing on the Dwarf Tomato Breeding Project, is in progress and should be completed during 2020.

Craig is a popular lecturer across the country at major gardening events, as well as a frequent guest on podcasts and radio shows. His current and upcoming projects include a garden cook book, a weekly Instagram Live each Friday at 3 PM Eastern from his garden, and ad- ditional podcasts, webinars and speaking opportunities as they arise.

Southern Appalachian Plant Society

January 2021