Neil Lash will present a talk on Seed Saving on Tuesday, July 19 at noon at Merryspring Nature Center.

Lash teaches horticulture, and is the director and co-founder of the Heirloom Seed Project at Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro. The project maintains a Living History Arboretum, 5,000 square feet of heated greenhouse space, and a fully handicap-accessible nature trail with native and shade growing plants.

The project’s main emphasis is growing, harvesting, and selling over 800 heirloom seed varieties. In 2007, the heirloom project was honored with the Award of Merit by the Seed Savers Exchange of Decorah, Iowa, for its work in genetic preservation. Last year, seeds from the project were sent to 32 states and several historic gardens. This year, among seeds being grown in the gardens are white marrowfat peas, which are going to the gardens at Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson. The seeds in the collection are selected for their historical and genetic significance, making it unique among other programs.

Lash’s PowerPoint and interactive presentation will highlight several of the more significant varieties of heirloom seeds as he discusses tips and benefits of seed saving.

This program is part of Merryspring’s Summer Tuesday Talk Series, which is co-sponsored by The First and Jaret and Cohn.

Admission to the Tuesday Talks is free to Merryspring members and children. There is a $5 charge for non-members. Merryspring is a member-supported, nonprofit nature education center and park located at the end of Conway Road just off Route 1 by the Hannaford shopping plaza in Camden. For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or visit Merryspring.org.