The Concord Garden Club presents a literary lunchtime with John Forti, The Heirloom Gardener

Thursday, March 9th, 2023, 12:30pm. Bring a sack lunch, or show up early to order a sandwich or salad bowl from the Gibson's Cafe, to eat while you listen.

The Concord Garden Club is pleased to present John Forti, author, garden historian, and ethnobotanist, for his newest presentation, The Heirloom Gardener - Traditional Plants and Skills for the Modern World, drawing from his new book of the same name. Richly illustrated with period images and contemporary woodcuts, his PowerPoint shares inspiration from our long history of heirloom preservation, garden craft and homestead lifeways.  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.  . 

In the event of a snow cancellation on March 9th, our snow date will be Saturday, March 11th, at 12:30 pm.

John Forti is a garden historian and ethnobotanist who has directed gardens for Plimoth Plantation MuseumStrawbery Banke MuseumMassachusetts 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

When the Concord Garden Club (CGC) was founded in 1924 the first 25 members got to work. Their first project was to sponsor two memorial trees and to prune existing shrubbery around the old Dewey School. The first flower show was held in 1928, and continues to this day.  In 1934, 1,700 people visited the show. Their work continues to this day. The CGC is a 501(c)(7) organization. 

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Event date: 
Thursday, March 9, 2023 - 12:30pm
Event address: 
45 South Main St
Concord, NH 03301
The Heirloom Gardener: Traditional Plants and Skills for the Modern World By John Forti Cover Image
ISBN: 9781604699937
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Timber Press - June 22nd, 2021

“Part essay collection, part gardening guide, The Heirloom Gardener encourages readers to embrace heirloom seeds and traditions, serving as a well-needed reminder to slow down and reconnect with nature.” —Modern Farmer

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