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“The beauty of seed is rivaled only by their purpose.”

This simple sentence found in the opening pages of The Seed Garden neatly sums up the perspective and scope of this visually sumptuous, go-to resource for seasoned horticulturists and home gardeners alike. In this comprehensive book, Seed Savers Exchange and the Organic Seed Alliance bring together decades of knowledge to demystify what was once common gardening practice and inspire gardeners today to participate in that rich tradition.

The book is divided into two parts that complement one another but can also be read independently. Section 1, “The Art and Practice of Seed Saving,” opens with a survey of basic botany and plant reproduction that many of us first learned in fourth grade science. Subsequent chapters explore pollination, genetic diversity and plant life cycles, as well as best practices for cultivating seed, proper harvesting techniques, and post-harvest handling.

Readers whose interest is piqued and those with more growing experience will appreciate brief segments, or “Master Classes,” on topics like gene expression, vernalization, isolation techniques, record keeping, and other more in-depth subjects. W...


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