My friend Rob Cardillo is one of the most talented photographers in the country. He photographed the cover of my book Grow Organic, written with my radio partner Jessica Walliser. I stumbled onto a cool blog post of his all about the details of shooting Burpee seed catalog cover. I love hearing about this stuff. Poke around on his blog if you love good photography. Here's a story from the PG where Rob gives away some of his secrets to great garden photography.
For most gardeners, the Burpee catalog is the first one we see. It's not just a list of plants, but it's a kind of text book, a horticultural tome for newbies and veterans alike. It's always been one of my favorites, filled with great winter reading.
I've interviewed George Ball Jr., president of the W. Atlee Burpee Seeds & Co. and I'm impressed with what he's doing. I'm captivated by his tomato breeding program in particular. 'Brandy Boy,' 'Fourth of July,' 'Sweet Seedless' and Black Pearl are four of my all time favorites, complimenting many of the heirlooms I grow. He was kind enough to write the forward for my latest book Tomatoes Garlic Basil (which I shot the cover for!).
I love the idea of the 'Kings of Color' tomato collection they are offering. It's four big tomatoes, each a different color. The collection includes 'Heritage,' 'Pink Pounder,' 'Orange Slice' and 'Sunny Boy.' It's a great way to grow some different tomatoes that should have the neighbors peaking over the garden fence with envy. It's fun to fill the garden with different things. A pink tomato, a purple carrot or speckled lettuce add something special and fun to the season.
Winter days with a highlighter and catalogs in hand is one of my favorite yearly garden chores.