Heirloom vegetables, flowers, herbs and seeds all have a story to tell. Dive into the catalogues of small independent seed companies and their listings will speak to you.
They’ll tell tales of seeds being sewn into the hems of the clothing of refugees escaping from wartorn countries, or of pioneer women nurturing precious plant cuttings as they travelled across entire continents to new territories. They whisper sagas of seeds passed down from generation to generation; of flowers traded by neighbours across the fence. And by growing heirloom plants, you can start (or continue) your own story too.
Join me on this journey! Look up your favourite flower, veggie or herb below and read along. I hope you’ll be inspired to grow more varieties with colourful pasts that have nothing to do with laboratories and big agribusiness. Find out more about why we should grow heirloom plants.
If you don’t see a variety you’re looking for, please be patient, it’ll be coming soon. Or drop me a comment letting me know whose story you’d like me to tell next!