The Heirloom Gardener

Register now to hear John Forti’s lecture on “Heirloom and Native Plants – A Living History” at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library, 7 Barstow Street in Mattapoisett, on Tuesday, August 3, at 4:00 pm. This Purrington Lecture Series event is sponsored by the Mattapoisett Library Trust and the Mattapoisett Woman’s Club. In this fantastic presentation, Forti provides an illustrated talk that brings to life the unique and living history of plants that have a defining presence in our region. It explores the significance of heirloom/open-pollinated plants and gives voice to the history they keep alive. For those interested in gardens that inspire a sense of time and place, this talk will foster a better understanding of the most tried and true plants and our role in preservation. Forti’s book, “The Heirloom Gardener – Traditional Plants and Skills for the Modern World,” Timber Press 2021, was the #1 New Best Seller Gardening book on Amazon.

            Forti is a garden historian and ethnobotanist who has directed gardens for Plimoth Plantation Museum, Strawbery Banke Museum, Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and Bedrock Gardens. He has won numerous awards for historic garden preservation, children’s garden design, herbal and historical education, and, most recently, the Award of Excellence from National Garden Clubs, one of the nation’s most-recognized nonprofits and largest volunteer gardening organization in the world. His recent book was inspired by his posts as The Heirloom Gardener – John Forti, which go out regularly to millions on Facebook that value his uniquely curated blend of history, horticulture, environmentalism, poetry, art, kitchen, and garden craft. He gardens and lives along the banks of the Piscataqua River. For more information or to register, contact Library Director Jennifer Jones,, or call 508-758-4171. Registration is also available online through the library’s calendar of events found on the MFPL website.

            The Mattapoisett Library Trust, Inc., founded in 2001, is a not-for-profit charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) dedicated to expanding the role of the library in the community. The Trust underwrites new programs, enhances the collection, and enriches the library environment in areas that are beyond the normal costs of the library.

            The Mattapoisett Woman’s Club was organized in the fall of 1941. From the beginning, the Club’s objectives were: civic, social, educational, and philanthropic. The Mattapoisett Woman’s Club logo was designed in 1969 to best reflect the purpose and goals of the club. The lighthouse represents leadership. The stone base represents the various interest groups within the club that support our members. The rays of light beaming from the lighthouse signify the strength of light that will shine, depending on the enthusiasm and hard work of club members.

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