Saving Your Own Seeds
Christie Higginbottom has worked as a costumed interpreter at Old Sturbridge Village since 1981. From 1984 to 2004 she coordinated the historic horticulture program researching, planning and planting the re-created kitchen and flower gardens at the museum’s historic households. She also supervised the Village’s Herb Garden collection, a garden exhibiting over 300 varieties of historic herbs. From 2004 to 2006 she researched and developed a series of self-guided walking trails interpreting people and the environment in the early 1800s. She contributed research and design for the 2007–2009 exhibit “Taking Root: Gardening in Pots in the early 1800s.” Now retired from full-time work at OSV, she continues to work in costume part-time – most often in the gardens, and to present garden programs for the Village.
Christie writes and consults on historic gardens and their interpretation, antique plants, and herb use; and she lectures at museums and historic sites, garden clubs, historical societies, colleges and libraries. She teaches home gardening classes at the Adult Education program at BayPath Regional Vocational High School, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, and the Northeast Organic Farmers Association.Lecture and workshop venues have included the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants at Monticello, the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, the Paul Revere House, the Seed Savers Exchange, Hamilton College, the University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners, Connecticut Horticultural Society, New York State Historical Society, and Eastfield Village. She has been a featured lecturer at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Spring Flower Show, and is a recipient of the Society’s Thalassa Cruso Award.
In addition to the illustrated lectures described in the attached list, Christie can work with sponsoring groups to design specific lecture topics, workshops, and consultations tailored to particular interests and project needs. Services for museums and historic sites include garden design and interpretation consultation, staff and docent training, and garden program planning.
Saving Your Own Seeds will teach home gardeners the skills needed to successfully save seeds of open-pollinated varieties of common garden vegetables. Topics include understanding pollination, preventing out-crossing, determining seed ripeness, how to harvest and store seeds, and the pleasures of tending a garden from seed to seed. Preserve heirloom plants and genetic diversity as […]
Gardeners have praised the four-square garden design for centuries and with good reason. Christie will demonstrate how this design can create an attractive garden that incorporates vegetables, herbs and fruits. The program will cover crop rotation, succession sowing, inter-planting and techniques for crop spacing and support. Related