Grow Fruits & Vegetables in Pots: Lessons from Great Dixter

Monday, February 17 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

“Much has been said and written of late about the importance of understanding where our food comes from, of shifting the focus of our meals to include more vegetables, and reducing food waste,” says Aaron Bertelsen, vegetable gardener at the United Kingdom’s Great Dixter, and author of The Great Dixter Cookbook and the forthcoming Grow Fruits and Vegetables in Pots: Planting Advice and Recipes from Great Dixter. “I believe that growing your own – or at least some of your own – is one of the most effective ways of changing your attitude to what, and how, you cook and eat,” he adds. In his illustrated talk, Bertelsen will discuss his philosophy that no matter how small the space, there exists tremendous opportunity to take an active role in your own food system.

Following his talk, Aaron will be available to sign his new book. Beautifully illustrated, Grow Fruit & Vegetables in Pots provides clear, practical information on growing fruit and vegetables in containers, whether that be a window box or a terra-cotta pot on a balcony. Aaron guides the reader through what to grow and which pots to use, while offering personal tips on which varieties to choose, along with advice on cultivation and care. Featuring more than 50 delicious recipes, the book shows that lack of space is no barrier to growing what you want to eat, with dishes that showcase a few perfectly chosen – and personally grown – ingredients.

Doors open at 6 p.m.; illustrated talk at 6:30 p.m., book signing and light reception, including one of Aaron’s recipes at 7:30 p.m.

Fee: $40 ($30 Garden Conservancy Member, Botanical Garden Member)

Lecturer: Aaron Bertelsen

About the speaker
Aaron Bertelsen’s love of gardening dates back to his childhood in New Zealand where he worked with his grandfather in his vegetable garden. In 1996, he went to England to volunteer in the garden at Great Dixter. Located on the border of Kent and Sussex, Great Dixter was the family home of celebrated gardener and writer Christopher Lloyd (1921-2006), whose vision and dedication established its extensive gardens as a place of pilgrimage for horticulturalists from around the world. Today, under Bertelsen’s stewardship, the Great Dixter kitchen garden continues to flourish. Bertelsen subsequently studied for a diploma in Horticulture at Kew Gardens, England, and spent two years at the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens in Israel, where he is still a trustee. Bertelsen returned to Great Dixter in 2005, becoming the vegetable gardener and cook in 2007. He is regularly invited to speak about gardening at events worldwide. His first book, The Great Dixter Cookbook: Recipes from an English Garden was published in 2017.

This program is presented in partnership with The Garden Conservancy.

The Garden Conservancy 2020 Speaker Series is made possible in part by the Coleman and Susan Burke Distinguished Lecture Fund and the Lenhardt Education Fund. Additional support provided by San Antonio Water System.