The fragrant Colonial Herb Garden at the Wilton Historical Society will be a fitting location for a gardening talk on Thursday, July 20 from 4-6 p.m., as local herb expert and gardening guru Sal Gilbertie will give a talk titled “Micro Greens and Super Greens.” The talk will be followed by a book signing, conversation, wine and cheese.

Gilbertie is a frequent lecturer on herb gardening and hosts year-round workshops at the Gilbertie’s retail shop in Westport. He has appeared on numerous national radio and television programs, including “Martha Stewart Living,” “Home Matters” on the Discovery Channel, the “Home Show” on the Lifetime Channel and “Sara’s Secrets” on the Food Network. In 2011, NOFA named him Connecticut Organic Farmer of the year. All are welcome, and the suggested donation is $10.

Micro greens are young plants that are harvested a few weeks after germination. The nutritional virtues of kale, for example, are well known, but less publicized is the fact that micro green versions of many plants hold anywhere from 4 to 50 times the nutrients per volume as the same plants in mature form, making micro greens the new superfood. Chefs and gardeners around the country are discovering that these easy-to-grow plants can be raised in the convenience of a home kitchen in a few weeks’ time. The range of flavor profiles is vast—from spicy radishes or daikon to fresh-from-the-farm corn flavor in miniature corn micro greens.

Gilbertie will be bringing three of his books to sell and sign:

  • Cooking with Microgreens: The Grow-Your-Own Superfood  Provides step-by-step instructions for setting up a home micro green garden, including an introduction to the major species, from arugula to wheatgrass, and offers a troubleshooting guide. Plus there are recipes ranging from Shrimp Grilled in Fresh Basil Leaves to Microgreen Salad in Walnut Sauce to Grilled Eggplant and Cheese Sandwich with Asian Micros; salads, soups, main courses and much more.  ($10) by Larry Sheehan and Gilbertie
  • Herb Gardening from the Ground Up:  Everything You Need to Know About ($15) by Sheehan and Gilbertie. “A sprig of lavender can scent a room. Herbs can, and should, grace everyone’s life,” says Gilbertie. “Herbs are so easy to grow and give so much in return–beauty, flavor, fragrance–fascinating and endless uses.”
  • Small Plot, High Yield Gardening: Grow Like a Pro, Save Money, and Eat Well ($15) by Sheehan and Gilbertie. What Martha Stewart has to say about Gilbertie’s 5th book, Small-Plot, High-Yield Gardening:  “Whether you have a real garden or just a window box, I can think of no better guide to creating a sustainable herb and vegetable garden than Sal Gilbertie. For more than 30 years I have turned to Sal for healthy, productive plants. With this useful and informative book, he can help you, too, cultivate your garden.”

Sal Gilbertie resides in Easton, Connecticut with his wife Marie who is also in the business.  They have four children and 11 grandchildren.