Dr Toby Musgrave

Heritage Fruit & Veg

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  • $140

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Course Description

Garden history expert Dr Toby Musgrave teaches you how to choose, find and grow heritage fruit and vegetables in your garden (also known as heirloom fruit and vegetables).

He'll explain the history of some of our favourite fruit and vegetables - where they came from, how they were grown, and include some of the ancient varieties we've now lost.

This is very much a course for those of you who  grow or or want to grow old-fashioned cultivars and who would like to be introduced to some of the very best Heritage or Heirloom seeds and cultivars that are available to grow today; but who are also interested to discover more about the fascinating stories that our favourite fruits and vegetables have to tell.  

Along the way you'll also learn how fruits and vegetables have influenced cultures and changed world history.

You'll learn:

  • what heritage or heirloom variety means
  • why you should grow heritage fruit and veg in your garden today
  • the history of some of our favourite fruit and vegetables
  • historic techniques to grow fruit and vegetables
  • finding seeds for heirloom fruit and vegetables
  • planning and growing a kitchen garden

Suitable for gardeners of all abilities.

The course includes:

  • 6 on-demand video lessons - presented by Dr Toby Musgrave
  • lifetime access to the videos, notes and interactive class
  • flexible classes - join and learn when and where you like
  • downloadable lesson notes
  • practical gut health assignments and recipes (with tutor feedback available)
  • access on your mobile, PC, Mac or laptop
  • small interactive online classroom - chat online to students from around the world and share your creative ideas

Time to complete the heritage fruit and veg course:

Every student is different but in general we think the whole course will take around 15 hours 25 minutes to complete including:

  • Video lessons: 3 hours 25 minutes in total
  • Course notes: 30 minutes per lesson
  • Your heirloom veg and fruit assignments: at least 1 hour per lesson
  • Interactive classroom time: 15 minutes per lesson
  • Tutor feedback review (Expert level): 15 minutes per lesson

Ready to get started?

Just add the course to your basket above - choose the 'Expert' option for personal feedback from Toby on your heritage fruit and veg assignments.

If you know someone who'd love this course then give it as a gift - just tick "This is a gift" at the checkout.

Any questions? Contact us by clicking on the orange speech symbol - we'd love to hear from you.

CPD Accreditation

Course activity has been accredited by the CPD Standards Office (CPDSO). The course equates to 15 hours, 25 minutes of CPD learning.
The CPD Standards Office. CPD Provider: 50276.

Course outline

  • The Story of Fruit & Vegetable Cultivation

    We begin our story by establishing what exactly is a Heritage or Heirloom Variety (and why the different names!) before exploring and discussing the reasons why we have lost so many old-fashioned cultivars and the many positive reasons why we, as gardeners, should actively choose to grow them. We then depart on a voyage of discovery through the cultivation of fruits and vegetables down the ages and explore some of the varied and fascinating techniques that have been used to raise fruits and vegetables.

  • Heirloom & Heritage Fruits Part 1

    We'll look at some of the fascinating stories of the individual spring and summer fruits that today we take for granted as well as some which are less well-known. We will learn where they come from, when they were domesticated and by whom, how they travelled to different parts of the world, quirky details and fun facts; and of course, be introduced to some of the best cultivars that are still available to grow.

  • Heirloom & Heritage Fruits Pt 2

    We'll look at autumn and winter heritage or heirloom fruits. You'll find out this history of fruits and nuts, and key heritage cultivars that are available to grow today.

  • Heirloom & Heritage Vegetables Part 1

    The fourth and fifth lectures cover the origins, domestication and cultivation of 35 different fruits and nuts and 42 vegetables. You will learn about the cultural histories of the different fruits and vegetables and know how fruits and vegetables have changed the world. And finally you will become familiar with a range of heritage or heirloom cultivars that are available to grow today for each fruit and vegetable.

  • Heirloom & Heritage Vegetables Part 2

    In this lecture we'll continue to look at heritage and heirloom vegetables - this time focusing on summer and autumn vegetables.

    We'll look at the history of vegetables including radishes, peas, celery and rhubarb.

  • Planning a Heritage Fruit & Vegetable Garden

    Hopefully by now you will have learned that Heritage or Heirloom Varieties are much more than a components of our diet. But of course, one of the main reasons why we grow Heritage or Heirloom Varieties is because we want to eat well. And in order that we can do this, in addition to the purely horticultural skills of growing, it is necessary to plan properly. So in this last lecture we will learn how to design a kitchen garden that yields the greatest diversity of produce over the longest season. And we will case study my productive kitchen garden

Choose how you want to learn

  • The Expert option


    Develop your learning further with marked assignments and personal tuition from Dr Toby Musgrave

    • Start course whenever you like
    • 6 weeks tutor access for personalised assignment feedback & coaching
    • 6 assignments marked by Dr Toby Musgrave
    • Certificate of completion and CPD hours
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 6 lessons with expert videos & notes
    • Group chat & direct message with tutor & classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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  • The Peer option

    Discover the benefits of group learning in an online interactive classroom of no more than 20 people. Get the most from shared knowledge and community study

    • Start course whenever you like
    • Practise what you learn with your peers
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 6 lessons with expert videos & notes
    • 6 course assignments
    • Group chat & direct message classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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Gardening classroom - how it works

  • Start anytime

    Watch video tutorials led by expert tutors

    Watch video tutorials led by expert tutors
  • Test yourself

    Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments

    Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments
  • Personal tuition

    Get assignment feedback from expert tutors

    Get assignment feedback from expert tutors
  • Share ideas

    Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

    Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

Meet Dr Toby Musgrave

Dr Toby Musgrave - Gardening

The hustle and bustle of a city does not usually correspond with the serenity of a garden. In Phaidon’s latest hardcover, Green Escapes: The Guide to Secret Urban Gardens by Dr Toby Musgrave, the correlation is not only evident, but necessary

American Vogue
I have an absolute passion for garden design and garden history - you will regularly see me writing in the Royal Horticultural Society Magazine, and scholarly articles in broadsheet newspapers and journals all over the world.

I have written 10 books and counting. I'm a practising lecturer and write a well trafficked blog - Garden History Matters.

As a garden designer I have created gardens in the UK, the USA, India and in Denmark. I live in Denmark, am 'between gardens' and find the climate ‘challenging’.

I look forward to sharing my knowledge on Garden History with you. I joined Learning with Experts because I'm keen to help educate the next generation through digital learning.

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Awards & Accreditations

  • Royal Horticultural Society - Approved Centre 2023-2024
  • Royal Horticultural Society
  • CPD Accredited (provider 50276)
  • Digital Education Awards 2023 Winner for Digital Health and Wellbeing Learning Product of the Year
  • Digital Education Awards 2023 Winner for Adult Home Learning Product of the Year