History and heirloom vegetables program Monday, March 9

Special to the Enterprise
Colorado Master Gardening Sue Gray will discuss heritage gardening at the Eagle Public Library on Monday, March 9.
Special to the Enterprise |

History can be found everywhere, including in vegetable gardens.

Colorado Master Gardener Sue Gray will offer a mix of pioneer history and advice about heirloom vegetables on Monday, March 9, at the Eagle Public Library. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. and is co-hosted by the Eagle County Historical Society and the Gardeners on the Go gardening club.

Gray’s program focuses on heritage gardening with heirloom vegetables. This one-hour presentation features the history and characteristics of vegetables that were grown 100 or more years ago, some with connections to pioneer families. From seed to harvest, find out why these heirloom varieties are still worth growing today.

A resident of the Roaring Fork Valley, Gray has created heritage garden for the Mount Sopris Historical Society in Carbondale, using some seeds that have been handed down in local pioneer families for generations. She will offer information about crops that were popular with the pioneers, and discuss the gardening heritage that immigrants from foreign countries brought with them. Gray will also offer insight into which heirloom vegetables grow well with the mountain gardening challenges of climate, soil and a short growing season.

The program is free and open to the public.

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