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Lee Buttala

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Lee Buttala is the Executive Director of Seed Savers Exchange, which is dedicated the preservation of America’s garden and farming heritage. He is an Emmy Award-winning television producer of Martha Stewart Living and was the creator, producer and director of Cultivating Life, a PBS series on outdoor living and gardening. He has written for The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, New York, and Metropolitan Home. As an editor, he has worked for Saveur, Garden Design and Interview, and for the book publisher Alfred A. Knopf. He also served as the preservation program manager for the Garden Conservancy and has studied garden design at Kyoto University of Art and Design, the English Gardening School at London’s Chelsea Physic Garden and the New York Botanical Garden. He is the author and editor of the books Cultivating Life: A Guide to Outdoor Living and The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Seed Saving. You can also follow him on Instagram (https://www.igcol.com/user/leebuttala)

Articles by Lee Buttala

The Self-Taught Gardener: Evolution and adaptation

Wednesday, 7 Nov 2018 - According to our Self-Taught Gardener Lee Buttala, if politicians looked to the natural world and to Darwin for inspiration, we might all find ourselves inhabiting a better universe.

The Self-Taught Gardener: Courtly behavior

Thursday, 11 Oct 2018 - Our Self-Taught Gardener Lee Buttala can't help but wonder why the U.S. Congress can't learn from the garden, where diversity gets along just fine.

Self-Taught Gardener: It takes a village

Thursday, 3 May 2018 - Each element is set before you to change your pace, or cause you to look up at a view, or to simply give you pause to notice a fern, some artfully laid stonework, or to stop and hear the sound of the world around you.

The Self-Taught Gardener: Cool and dry

Thursday, 15 Mar 2018 - From a James Bond-like structure near the Arctic Circle, our Self-Taught Gardener, Lee Buttala, assures us that seeds and the future of our food sources are safely protected.

The Self-Taught Gardener: Seeds

Thursday, 1 Feb 2018 - One thing was clear: seeds, and the packages containing them that arrive on our doorstep, hold our dreams and our future.

The Self-Taught Gardener: Wilder Times

Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018 - Living now in Iowa, Lee Buttala ponders the relationship of the prairie, brought alive to many of us in Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House on the Prairie" stories, to the cultivated farmland that lies alongside it.

The Self-Taught Gardener: Pinings

Thursday, 21 Dec 2017 - Although pine trees have taken a back seat to spruces and firs as Christmas tree choices, for Lee Buttala, our Self-Taught Gardener, they are still the star performers of the winter season.

The Self-Taught Gardener: The Edwardians

Thursday, 14 Dec 2017 - Gardening is in the process of evolving and being transformed into something that requires a level of care and nursing different from the highly manicured beds and borders.

The Self-Taught Gardener: Of cabbages and kales

Thursday, 28 Sep 2017 - For years I have been confused by the concept of ornamental cabbages and kales that are planted but not eaten. Now I have arrived at the perfect balance of beauty and edibility.