The Garden Conservancy and the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden are pleased to present Jimmy Williams and Susan Heeger, authors of the new book From Seed to Skillet: A Guide to Growing, Tending, Harvesting, and Cooking Up Fresh Healthy Food to Share with People You Love. Shoppers at Los Angeles farmers' markets may be familiar with Jimmy Williams' heirloom vegetable seedlings; now they can learn about the story behind the produce and behind the producer.
On Saturday, February 26 at the Arboretum, Susan and Jimmy will share some of the secrets to garden planning, creating healthy soil, raising strong, productive plants, saving seeds, and enjoying the harvest with family and friends. They will present an illustrated talk, which will be followed by a book signing and an optional lunch.
Acclaimed caterer Kitchen for Exploring Foods will prepare a special boxed lunch from the Williams family's recipes featured in From Seed to Skillet: Hoppin' John, Sweet Potato Biscuit, Sweet-Pepper Dip and Crudites. A blondie and drink are also included. Tables will be set up in the Arboretum's beautiful Celebration Garden.
Jimmy learned all about vegetable gardening at the knee of his grandmother, a South Carolina native from a traditional Gullah community. Susan, a garden writer and editor, has been growing vegetables at home for more than ten years. The two have created a personal, beautifully illustrated garden manual aimed at helping all gardeners, from beginners to experts, grow edibles more successfully.
As Michael Pollan writes, "As Americans head back to the kitchen garden in record numbers, they soon find themselves in need of a guiding hand and a trusted coach. Jimmy Williams and Susan Heeger are as fine a coaching team as a vegetable gardener could wish for."
From Seed to Skillet was named one of Amazon.com's Best Books of 2010 in the Home & Garden category.
DATE: Saturday, February 26, 2011 11:30 a.m.
Illustrated Talk 12:30 p.m.
Book sale and signing 12:45 p.m.
Lunch (optional; additional fee)
REGISTRATION: $25 general admission $20 members of the Garden Conservancy and Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden Lunch is an additional $20 per person.
Register online at www.gardenconservancy.org or call 845.265.2029
Admission to the Arboretum is included in registration price.
LOCATION: 301 North Baldwin Avenue Arcadia, CA 91007