Our gardeners have been hard at work to bring our teaching garden back to its original roots. Below is our current wish list:
As we are striving for a 19th-century look in our garden plantings, we prefer open-pollinated, non-hybridized, heirloom, or “species” varieties of plants, rather than modern cultivars.
While we do use a few modern varieties that mimic the appearance of heirloom plants or that are close descendants of hard-to-find older varieties, in general, we’re seeking varieties that were in use before 1900.
With a recently renewed interest in historic plants, many growers now helpfully label seeds and plants as “heirloom” or “heritage” varieties, and some even specialize in heirloom varieties.