Heirloom Vegetables expert Simon Rickard inspires us to ‘grow our own’ | Goldfields Library Corporation

Heirloom Vegetables expert Simon Rickard inspires us to ‘grow our own’

Monday 8 September 2014

How often do you hear someone complain that tomatoes don't taste like they used to? People who care about their food are growing their own vegetables in droves - and especially heirlooms for their wonderfully diverse flavors, shapes and colours. 

Simon Rickard, gardening expert and author of ‘Heirloom Vegetables- A guide to their history and varieties’ will be visiting Goldfields Libraries in early September  to introduce people to the weird and wonderful world of heirloom vegetables.

Adult Program Coordinator at the Goldfields Libraries, Sue Mooney says the interest in gardening is growing and heirloom varieties are becoming increasingly popular.

“Gardening and cooking are two of the most popular categories in our collection so it’s fantastic to have an expert like Simon touring our region and sharing his knowledge on edible gardening.”

“There is a fascinating history to many heirloom varieties and Simon will share some of his favorite varieties with us” Said Ms Mooney.


Simon will be visiting the following Goldfields Library branches:

Castlemaine Library Tuesday 9 September 6pm

Kyneton Library Thursday 11 September 1.30pm

Bendigo Library Thursday 11 September 6pm

An author talk will be followed by a Q & A and book signing opportunity. Books will also be available for purchase at each event.

All sessions are free. For further information and bookings visit the Goldfields Libraries website at


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