August 20th, 2014 by Books for Cooks
When: 7pm Thursday 4 September
Where: Books for Cooks (@Birdman Eating 228 Gertrude St - just across the road)
Price: $55 (includes tastes, drinks, a signed copy of Simon Rickard’s Heirloom Vegetables: a guide to their history & varieties’, & a Books for Cooks voucher (or $10 without book)) via Eventbrite or below.
Perhaps best known as the former head gardener at the Diggers Club, where he oversaw the gardens at Heronswood and the Garden of St Erth until 2009, Simon Rickard is a true Renaissance man.
Heritage gardener, heirloom fruit & vegetable historian, gardener to chefs, plantsman, baroque bassonist, showman, tv gardener, journalist and now author!
We’re really excited to be having a chat over a few veggies & a glass of wine or two with Simon on Thursday 4 September to celebrate the launch of his first book Heirloom Vegetables: a guide to their history & varieties published by Lantern
Heirloom Vegetables explores and celebrates the beauty, history and diversity of heirloom vegetables according to their various families. Following on an explantion of what is an heirloom vegetable and why they are important to us, detailed stories for each heritage vegetable are accompanied by glorious photographs.
Have you ever encountered vegetables called “Lobbericher”, “Sicilian Purple”, “White Egg”, “Rat’s Tail”, “Snowflake” or “Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter”?
The book concludes with practical advice on how to grow your own heirloom vegetables drawing on Simon’s vast experience working at Heronswood, the Garden of St Erth and later as market gardener for the award winning Annie Smithers Bistrot in Kyneton.
Simon is also a botanical guide for Botanica World Discoveries, a garden consultant and gardening coach!
When not gardening, Simon is a a world renowned baroque bassoonist - having played with leading International and Australian period instrument ensembles including the Gabrielli Consort, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Pinchgut Opera, Opera Australia, and many more.
Please join us for a conversation with Simon exploring heirloom vegetables - it promises to lots of fun - and you’ll never look at vegetables the same way again!
Our premium ticket includes a signed copy of Heirloom Vegetables (at a small pre-launch discount), a Books for Cooks gift voucher, a number of tastes and a glass or two of matched wines
Our alternative ticket includes a number of tastes and a glass or two of matched wines. Copies of Heirloom Vegetables will be available to purchase on the evening
Please join us!