The National Heirloom Exposition...Garden Paradise!

The National Heirloom Exposition...Garden Paradise!

This September The National Heirloom Exposition was held in Santa Rosa, Calif. I wasn’t sure what to expect but since it was 10 minutes from home and  it was about gardening  I had to check it out!

The exhibits covered all kinds of heirloom vegetables:IMG_1692adj IMG_1689adj IMG_1685adj IMG_1686adj

The squashes were small to large and conventional to very different! People were friendly and happy to talk about the different varieties. Since I love garlic I was really excited when we got to that display. Am I the only one that had no idea there are so many kinds of garlic?IMG_1681adj IMG_1680adj IMG_1679adjIMG_1670adj

Fruits were also represented with a huge table of fruit to taste!IMG_1674adj

And tomato lovers…it’s heaven for you!IMG_1658adj IMG_1683adj

The mushroom growers were educating everyone with displays and people to answer questions:IMG_1672adj

Other displays included some great drought information and oh I loved the raised bed they used!IMG_1663adj IMG_1661adj

The event was held in the hall of flowers building with tons of vendors in the main pavillion representing heirloom seed companies, soil people, crafts, and even my favorite flower guy, Jamie from Aztec Dahlias!

As we finished our walk through the veggies there was one final display surrounded by people. When we got closer it was easy to see why the crowd. check this out!IMG_1700adj IMG_1699adj IMG_1698adj IMG_1701adj

Pretty amazing right? We even watched as he created a pair of earrings for a woman…by carving a carrot slice.  He was amazing!

And, of course, we can’t leave out the giant pumpkin contest…they were huge!IMG_1664adj

So now that you know what it’s all about you can anticipate next year’s show!

For more information you can check out the National Heirloom Exposition here.To buy seeds check out our local Bakers Heirloom Seed Bank in Petaluma here.