Whealy, an expert gardener and co-founder of Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) – the nation’s premier nonprofit seed-saving organization – will discuss the ways that backyard gardeners protect the genetic diversity of our food supply through heirloom gardening. She will share her experience as a leader in the renaissance of heirloom gardening in North America, as well as tips for designing and planting the perfect combination of flowers, vegetables and herbs. Her lessons can be applied to gardens large or small and will emphasize self-seeding annuals, seed saving, and creating a sustainable as well as edible landscape. Her presentation will be illustrated by photographs from the founding of SSE over 37 years ago as well as her current cottage-style garden at SSE’s Heritage Farm near Decorah, IA. This event is sponsored by Family Tree Nursery of Shawnee and Overland Park.