Mar 29 2011
Catch Tomatomania! this weekend at Descanso!

Catch Tomatomania! this weekend at Descanso!



Catch TOMATOMANIA! at Descanso Gardens April 2-3

‘World’s largest tomato seedling sale’ offers hundreds of choices

Deemed the “tomato freaks’ Woodstock, ” TOMATOMANIA! will kick off the month of April at Descanso Gardens. AKA “the world’s largest tomato seedling sale,” TOMATOMANIA! will be open for business from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 2-3, on the Magnolia Lawn.


Now in its 20th year, TOMATOMANIA! offers tomato-philes hundreds of varieties to choose from, with tomatoes from A (Amish Paste) to Z (Zapotec). The weekend includes “Scott’s Tomato U,” a workshop presented by TOMATOMANIA! founder Scott Daigre. He will share his tips on growing the best, most flavorful tomatoes you have ever harvested.


Also on Sunday, the monthly Nature’s Table Cooking Demo series debuts at 11 a.m. Chef Jesse Genovese will focus on – what else? – tomatoes! Bring a notebook and be prepared to learn some new tricks in the kitchen.


TOMATOMANIA! started as a West Coast phenomenon in the 1990s. Over time, it has become a coast-to-coast must-do for home gardeners, setting up shop in premiere locales including White Flower Farm in Litch?eld, CT, and the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Elm Bank Reservation in Wellesley, MA.


The TOMATOMANIA! sale, Scott’s Tomato U and the Nature’s Table Cooking Demo are free with Gardens admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students with I.D., $3 children 5 to 12, and free for children 4 and younger.


Find details at or (818) 949-4290. Check out the TOMATOMANIA! at




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