Gardening With Heirloom Varieties

Food historian William Woys Weaver has been gardening with heirloom varieties since he was a boy. But finding his grandfather’s rare seed collection in a deep freeze may have been the critical point in determining his unique career path. Today, Weaver’s collection includes over 4,000 varieties of flowers, fruits and vegetables. Read the fascinating story of how he revived his grandfather’s garden.

Heirlooms have richer flavors, and often more nutrients, than modern hybrids.
Heirlooms have richer flavors, and often more nutrients, than modern hybrids.
Photo by Rob Cardillo