Gardening in the Mountains presents:
Controlling Tomato Late Blight with Resistant Varieties
Thursday, July 19, 2018
10 a.m. until noon
The Folk Art Center
382 Blue Ridge Parkway
Presenter: Randolph G. Gardner, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, NC State University
Tomatoes are one of the most popular summer fruits grown by home gardeners. But the weather and environment of our North Carolina mountains can make growing tomatoes a challenge—especially with the onset of devastating late blight.
Our speaker, Dr. Gardner, shares his work over the past 25 years breeding disease-resistant varieties of tomatoes that hold up against late blight. Dr. Gardner’s tomato breeding program at NC State University emphasizes the development of cultivars, such as the “Mountain Series” varieties, that are adapted to North Carolina and surrounding areas—tomatoes that combine disease resistance with quality features such as earliness, large size, firmness, color, flavor, crack resistance, and high temperature fruit set.
If you enjoy growing and eating tomatoes—and if you want a preview of several new hybrids similar to popular heirloom varieties soon to be released—then don’t miss hearing Dr. Gardner. Come join us and learn how you can grow tomatoes that resist late blight and produce fruit to brag about.
More about the speaker
Dr. Gardner received his B.S. and M.S. in Horticulture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and his Ph.D. in Pomology from Cornell University. He has taught at NC State University since 1976 and is currently Professor Emeritus in their Department of Horticultural Science. Dr. Gardner is widely published and has received numerous awards and honors. Click here for more information about Dr. Gardner and his work.
The talk is free but registration is required by calling 828-255-5522.
Please note: Due to the popularity of this speaker and topic, we are making a one-time change in venue to the Folk Art Center.