South Laguna Community Garden Park hosts Laguna Beach Tomato-Fest Seedling Sale on April 21

On Sunday, April 21, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., the South Laguna Community Garden Park hosts the Laguna Beach Tomato-Fest Seedling Sale at Garden Park, 31610 Coast Highway at Eagle Rock in Laguna Beach.

Why does tomato growing in our coastal zone often produce disappointing harvests? One reason is because we are often selecting tomato varieties that are adapted to other climates. Assistant Director Carly Sciacca decided to conduct research and acquired a selection of unique, disease-resistant seeds from different sources that promise to thrive in our coastal zone.

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Courtesy of Garden Park

Sally Coffey, the “Tomato Queen”

The collection features tomatoes of all colors and sizes including heirlooms and hard-to-find hybrids, some of which fetch over a dollar a seed. Included are Lemon Boy Plus, Gin Fiz, Cherokee Purple, Clementine, Big Beef Plus, Japanese Black Trifel, Crimson Carmello, Celebrity, Marnour and Juliet. All 300+ plants have been seeded and cared for by Community Garden members, and all proceeds benefit the Garden Park. Suggested donation is $4 each or $10 for three plants. Any remaining plants will be available for sale at the Garden Park’s annual Spring Fling Festival and Potluck (Saturday, April 27 from 3-5 p.m.) featuring live music by the Garden Band.

For more information, go to www.southlagunagarden.org, or email gardenpark@southlaguna.org.


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