Plant Profiles

Heirloom plant profiles. Categories include edible, fiber, medicinal and ornamental.

Apple Varieties

Story and photos by James Rich

Discover the many varieties of apples with a special focus on twenty unique and delicious varieties, including how to best prepare them.

All About Apples

Story by James Rich

Learn about how the characteristics of the apple are shaped by its methods of propagation: either through cross pollination or rootstock.

Goldenrod: The Wildflower with a Heart of Gold

By Dawn Combs

Far from being a nuisance, sunny goldenrod offers a variety of health benefits, and hides an intriguing secret role in industrial history.

Family Heirlooms: Christmas Cactuses, Fig Trees, Hostas, and Gooseberries

By Readers

Readers share tales of treasured family plants.


Anise Hyssop: Herb of the Year

By Samantha Johnson

Get acquainted with the beloved herb that’s captured the attention of pollinators and people alike.

All About Einkorn Grain

By Jonathan Olivier

Low-gluten einkorn, so named for having only one grain per flower, nearly vanished in the rush to develop faster-growing, easy-to-harvest wheat strains.

Heirlooms and Herbals

This series, hosted by Joanne Bauman, takes an in-depth look at one new herb every episode.


By Cinead McTernan

Bring lemongrass into your kitchen and garden! Learn how to grow, dry, and harvest this robust herb.

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