The timeless tradition of heirlooms refers to more than jewelry. In gardens, heirlooms are any cultivars that keep their genetic make-up and are shared by generations of seed savers. Here are two stories of famous ones.
Mortgage Lifter Tomato
While trying to feed his family and neighbors and pay his mortgage during the Great Depression, "Radiator Charlie" crossed four tomato strains to create this signature plant. This big meaty tomato was so successful, Charlie was able to sell seedlings for a dollar each and paid off his mortgage in six years. Thus, the Mortgage Lifter was born.
Blue Hubbard Squash
This heirloom dates back to the 18th century when a sea captain delivered the seeds of this plant to friends in Marblehead, MA. In the 19th century, it made its way to Mrs. Elizabeth Hubbard. Eventually, it was named the Blue Hubbard squash by her neighbor and well-known seed marketer James Howard Gregory, who included it in his catalog. Because of the sweet flavor, Blue Hubbard squash was favored for making pumpkin pies.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Horticulture & Forestry
Location. 41° 40.045′ N, 83° 40.361′ W. Marker is in Toledo, Ohio, in Lucas County. Marker is at the intersection of Rector Drive and Morgan Street, on the right when traveling east on Rector Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5403 Elmer Dr, Toledo OH 43615, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Peter Navarre Cabin (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Peter Navarre Cabin (a few steps from this marker); Elmer W. Hinkleman Rhododendron Gardens (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Limousine Garage / Metroparks Hall (approx. 0.9 miles away); Horse Stables / Visitors Center (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Story of Stranleigh (approx. one mile away); Veterans Memorial Flag Pole (approx. one mile away); Ballroom / Riding Area (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Toledo.
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