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.

Not all plants in the Roughwood Seed Collection are heirlooms; some new varieties have been developed by the author. ‘Roughwood Emperor’ dahlia.
Not all plants in the Roughwood Seed Collection are heirlooms; some new varieties have been developed by the author. ‘Roughwood Emperor’ dahlia.
Photo by Rob Cardillo