GMOs are the spawn of Satan.

 

Gluten is one of the princes of hell also. Even if you don’t have celiac disease. It’s just plain wrong. Apparently.

This and many other revelations were revealed this week at the National Heirloom Exposition held in Santa Rosa, California. Billed as the “World’s Pure Food Fair” it is a three day festival of great tomatoes, mounds of squash, and large servings of bio-bullshit.

It is a pleasure to admire the large variety of heirloom tomatoes or, as we used to call them, tomatoes.

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Squash are fabulous too. Although without flavorings such as butter, salt or sugar, the majority of squash are about as tasty as a tampon.

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Much of the modern day organic food production movement is right and bright. Permaculture is cool. Bio-dynamics are …um…dynamic, and good pesticide and hormone free food is essential. It is not new. Before the second world war, it was called husbandry or farming. And while organic-ism is generally a good thing, a lot of it  has been co-opted by clever marketers and hucksters promoting pseudo-science and gluten free snake-oil.

It is easy to poke fun at the earnestness and eco-righteousness of some of the exhibitors.

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It’s very confusing
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Perhaps the Monarchs are dying of boredom
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Unsure of what to do with those left-over gourds ?
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Re-discover ? Isn’t it on sheep ?
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Great. But those baggy pants ? Please no.
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and finally…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author: urbanehorticulture

A native of England a U.S. citizen for the past 30 years, I have worked in the garden world as a director and designer for over 35 years. I am best-known for my groundbreaking designs at Chanticleer, an estate and “pleasure garden” in Wayne, PA, where I worked for 20 years. Career Highlights I started my gardening life at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, England, where I was trained as a gardener. I worked in three other gardens in the UK, notably Portmeirion in Wales, Bateman’s in Sussex, and Cliveden in Buckinghamshire. At Bateman’s, I was responsible for the restoration of the 17th-century garden. I came to the U.S. in 1981 and was director and chief designer of Chanticleer in Pennsylvania for the next 20 years. I transformed a moribund private estate into one of America’s most exuberant, romantic and flamboyant gardens. Its glorious 47 acres have been celebrated by gardeners and horticulturists from around the world and, based on my designs, it continues to draw international visitors every season. After twenty years creating Chanticleer, I became vice president for horticulture for the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden and, in 2006, was appointed director of the VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, Canada. While pleased to be in Canada, my heart yearned for California and in 2008 he was appointed executive director of the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden. After a successful period in northern California, he returned to his home near Santa Barbara, CA where I operated my own design-consulting business. In 2012, I was lured back east by The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (founded in 1827) and appointed director of its private estate and garden, Meadowbrook Farm. I was commissioned by PHS to design the central feature for the 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show, the third major exhibit I have designed for PHS over the years. Among numerous other responsibilities, I have been a member of the board of the Fairmount Park Conservancy in Philadelphia and a founding member of the business advisory board for the Flora of North America Project. I have designed gardens in Chicago, northern and southern California, and throughout the Northeastern United States. I have also been a consultant to the Garden Conservancy and to Botanic Gardens Conservation International, as well as serving on the horticulture advisory committee of Lotusland in Santa Barbara, California. I have been the Advancement Advisor for the Flora of North America Association and am now traveling the world researching, interviewing, and photographing for a book on gardens around the world. Books & Awards My n first book, The Encyclopedia of Perennials, was published in 1992 by Facts on File. I also contributed to 1001 Gardens to See Before You Die (Barron's Educational Series, 2012) and The Gardener’s Garden (Phaidon Press, 2014). In 2003, I was awarded the Professional Citation for significant achievements in public horticulture by the American Public Garden Association. In 2007, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society awarded me its prestigious medal for Distinguished Achievement. I currently live in the Bay Area, California.

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