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Heritage Seed Library guided tour - Thurs 26th September

Thursday 26 September 2024
10:00am - 11:30am

Tour our Heritage Seed Library

Our Heritage Seed Library is at the heart of our seed conservation work - and holds the National Collection of Heritage Vegetables. Get exclusive behind-the-scenes access on this tour, which will take you to our working spaces to reveal how and why we grow heritage varieties for seed.

You can explore our polytunnels and outdoor beds to see the methods we use to isolate and pollinate crops to ensure varieties are conserved 'true-to-type' for future generations. And introduce you to a few of the unique and unusual varieties in the collection, as well as provide a sneak preview of our growing trials of recently rediscovered heritage varieties.

We'll share some easy - and difficult - seed-saving techniques, alongside tips for hand-pollinating and seed cleaning, to get you started on your own seed-saving adventure.

The tour exceeded my expectations - taking us through the whole process from growing and pollination to seed saving

— HSL tour attendee
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Come and admire the heritage onion and leek seedheads

About the tour

The tour will last approximately 60 minutes, with time afterwards to explore our growing areas and a Q&A with our Heritage Seed Library team.

Light refreshments will be available and we recommend that you wear clothing and footwear suitable for the outdoors.

Please be aware that we will be taking you around our working spaces, where access is uneven underfoot and includes steps and slopes. For more information about accessibility please contact [email protected].


Member & Non-Members
Member Free entry
Non-Member £7.50

Frequently asked questions

  • Our garden is based in Ryton-On-Dunsmore on the outskirts of Coventry. Our address is: Garden Organic, Ryton Organic Gardens, Wolston Ln, Ryton on Dunsmore, CV8 3LG

  • Our organic demonstration garden is open for pre-booked tours and workshops. Check our events page for more information on when you can visit.

  • We're used to working in all weathers. We'll only cancel a tour or workshop if we have to! We recommend you bring a raincoat/wellies if it's expected to rain.

  • We have step-free access into the garden and a ramp on site. Our Heritage Seed Library is not wheelchair accessible.

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Become a part of the organic movement and enjoy free access to tours of our organic demonstration garden and Heritage Seed Library, along with special discounts on organic gardening workshops.

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