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The Heirloom Gardener with John Forti, May 20th at 6:30 p.m.

This presentation is based on John's soon-to-be-published book Heirloom Gardening.


The virtual talk brings history to life through the exploration of heirloom herbs. By “digging in” to our historic roots of herbalism, participants will come to understand traditional artisanal herbal crafts and perspectives on cultivating and preserving herbs. Historic garden design and ethnobotany will help shed new light on growing and using herbs that will inspire gardeners, cooks, and herbalists of the 21st century.


John Forti is a nationally recognized lecturer, garden historian, ethnobotanist, and garden writer. He is the Executive Director of Bedrock Gardens in Lee, NH. Before taking on this new position, he was the Director of Horticulture for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, the oldest horticultural society in the nation. He previously served as the Curator/Director of Historic Landscapes at Strawbery Banke Museum, and as the Director of Horticulture at Plimoth Plantation Museum were the gardens and seed program he created brought international attention to the preservation of Pilgrim and Wampanoag heirloom crops.

The discussion will take place on Zoom. Please register on our online calendar to receive an invitation.

This event is for everyone! The event will be captioned. If you require another access service to participate or have any questions about accessibility fully, please contact Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157 or To ensure the best experience, please try to contact us at your earliest convenience.

If you need assistance using Zoom, please contact the library at least one week before the event to introduce you to the platform.  If you need a wifi hotspot or webcam to participate, let us know, and we can check these items out for you. 

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