Heritage Fruit & Veg

Taught by Dr Toby Musgrave

Heritage vegetables are sweeping our world as the jewels of food alchemists

Course Description

Suitable for all abilities

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.  And moreover to learn how fruits and vegetables have influenced cultures and changed world history. 

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

    The second and third lectures will tell the fascinating stories of the individual fruits and vegetables 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

    Understand the reasons why it is important that us gardeners grow HVs. Know the advantages that HVs have over, for example F1 hybrids.

  • 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

    The second and third lectures will tell the fascinating stories of the individual fruits and vegetables 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. 

    Available to download will be some old-fashioned recipes that use the featured fruits and vegetables.

  • 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

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Meet Dr Toby Musgrave

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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