William Woys Weaver

William Woys Weaver

The Roughwood Seed Collection, which now comprises about 4000 varieties of heirloom food plants, was begun informally in 1932 by my grandfather H. Ralph Weaver (1896-1956).

I discovered his seed collection at the bottom of a freezer many years later and decided to take on the responsibility of growing out the rare and unusual plants he had accumulated. Since then, I have added thousands of new plants to the collection (and given it the name Roughwood, after my 1805 house in Devon, Pennsylvania) .


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Alpha Tomato

Alpha Tomato WW209

ROUGHWOOD/EFN EXCLUSIVE. We believe this very rare tomato -- which we got... Read More
Amerikanscher Brauner Lettuce

Amerikanscher Brauner Lettuce WW147

This scarce Pennsylvania Dutch variety with crimped and deeply ruffled... Read More
Ancash Market Cucumber

Ancash Market Cucumber WW127

Exclusive listing with Baker Creek! Collected in Chacas, Peru by the late... Read More
Atlantic Prize Tomato

Atlantic Prize Tomato WW112

(Lycopersicon lycopersicon) Our original seed was acquired in 1993 from... Read More
Ba-Ye-Qi Sorghum

Ba-Ye-Qi Sorghum WW128

Exclusive listing with Baker Creek! This rare heirloom from Central Asia... Read More
Balloon Lettuce

Balloon Lettuce WW145

A delicate romaine type summer lettuce dating from the 1800s,... Read More
Bean, Petite Carre de Caen

Bean, Petite Carre de Caen WW181

This highly productive heirloom cut short pole bean was grown in the kitchen... Read More
Big Red Ripper Cowpea

Big Red Ripper Cowpea WW167

Also known as Mandy and Tory, this large seeded cowpea... Read More
Biquinho Hot Pepper

Biquinho Hot Pepper HPP501

Pronounced bee-KEE-nyo, the name of this landrace from Brazil means “little... Read More
Brown Lazy Wife

Brown Lazy Wife WW119

The lentil bean, otherwise known among the Pennsylvania Dutch as Brown... Read More
Buena Mulata Hot Pepper

Buena Mulata Hot Pepper HPP500

A very rare, extremely productive, and stunning hot pepper being offered... Read More
Chi Yei Eggplant

Chi Yei Eggplant WW196

ROUGHWOOD/EFN EXCLUSIVE. 'Chi Yei' is an incredibly early, fast-ripening... Read More
Chiltoma Grande de Ometepe Pepper

Chiltoma Grande de Ometepe Pepper WW110

(Capsicum annuum) Called Chiltoma Grande de Ometepe in Spanish, this flavorful... Read More
Coral Sorghum

Coral Sorghum WW190

Coral' is one amazing plant. From the Shilluk people of the war-torn city... Read More
Cypriot Watermelon

Cypriot Watermelon WW113

Citrullus lanatus We discovered this classic Cypriot watermelon in 1996... Read More
Debbie's Pink Tomato

Debbie's Pink Tomato WW188

Debbie’s Pink is the product of a selective breeding program begun by Dr.... Read More
Deitrich's Wild Broccoli Rabe

Deitrich's Wild Broccoli Rabe WW210

ROUGHWOOD/EFN EXCLUSIVE. Directors of the Experimental Farm Network selected... Read More
Dr. Lyle Tomato

Dr. Lyle Tomato WW187

This rare regular leaf strain of the original Mikado (there are 2 genetic... Read More
Egyptian Okra

Egyptian Okra WW129

Exclusive listing with Baker Creek! We acquired this rare landrace from... Read More
Elephant Trunk Pepper

Elephant Trunk Pepper WW169

This spicy cherry red heirloom pepper tracing to Central America was saved... Read More
Eva Purple Ball Tomato

Eva Purple Ball Tomato WW197

This... Read More
Fejee Improved Tomato

Fejee Improved Tomato WW179

This tomato came in to my grandfather ’s collection from his... Read More
Fiaschetto di Manduria Tomato

Fiaschetto di Manduria Tomato WW205

'Fiaschetto'... Read More
Fruher Heinrich Pea

Fruher Heinrich Pea WW160

This German heirloom dating from the 1800s was popular all over Europe... Read More
Gagon Cucumber

Gagon Cucumber WW194

This rare Bhutanese cucumber thrives in cool northern climates, but also... Read More
Galina Tomato

Galina Tomato WW204

This... Read More
Golden Juniata Tomato

Golden Juniata Tomato WW111

(Lycopersicon lycopersicon) This is probably one of the best of the Victorian-era... Read More
Governor Pennypacker Tomato

Governor Pennypacker Tomato WW213

Developed about 1908 by a Bucks County, PA farmer, and named in honor of... Read More
Grandpa's White Wax Tomato

Grandpa's White Wax Tomato WW178

Found in my grandfathers frozen seed collection many years... Read More
Green Gage Yellow Tomato

Green Gage Yellow Tomato WW125

One of our favorite cottage garden tomatoes. This Victorian classic was... Read More
Homs 11 Tomato

Homs 11 Tomato WW207

Kandahar Pendi Okra

Kandahar Pendi Okra WW191

ROUGHWOOD/EFN EXCLUSIVE. If you've struggled with growing okra in the past,... Read More
KC 146 Tomato

KC 146 Tomato WW208

This... Read More
Khiva Cucumber

Khiva Cucumber WW142

This rare cucumber resembling kiwi fruit or small netted melons, was first... Read More
Landis Winter Lettuce

Landis Winter Lettuce WW106

(Lactuca sativa) We acquired this dark green classic Pennsylvania Dutch... Read More
Legend Tomato (Late Blight Resistant)

Legend Tomato (Late Blight Resistant) WW201

Just the late-blight-resistant tomato you've been looking for! Developed... Read More
Lie Ke Yieh Chieh Tzu Eggplant

Lie Ke Yieh Chieh Tzu Eggplant WW162

Collected in China in the 1930s, this old heirloom variety is both sweet... Read More
Livingston's Favorite Tomato

Livingston's Favorite Tomato WW124

Developed in 1883 by Ohio tomato breeder Alexander Livingston. This beautiful... Read More
Makataan Watermelon

Makataan Watermelon WW134

Exclusive listing with Baker Creek! This rare and unusual preserving melon... Read More
Mallorcan Winter Tomato

Mallorcan Winter Tomato WW135

This unusual tomato from the Spanish island of Mallorca is used almost... Read More
Maule's Philadelphia Lettuce

Maule's Philadelphia Lettuce WW126

Introduced in 1888 by W. Atlee Burpee under the name California Cream Butter.... Read More
Minsk Early Tomato

Minsk Early Tomato WW203

New Hampshire Victor Tomato

New Hampshire Victor Tomato WW206

Nistru Tomato

Nistru Tomato WW199

Prussian Blue Pea

Prussian Blue Pea WW158

Dating from the 1780s, this smooth, dark blue-green pea was popular in... Read More
Puerto Cortes Tomato

Puerto Cortes Tomato WW202

Red Rice Cowpea

Red Rice Cowpea WW182

This highly attractive miniature cowpea with tiny dark red peas is probably... Read More
Risser Sickle Pea

Risser Sickle Pea WW157

This pre-1770s English heirloom pea was saved from extinction by Ida Shriner... Read More
Riñon Rippled Delight Tomato

Riñon Rippled Delight Tomato WW198

Roughwood Improved Green Glaze Collards

Roughwood Improved Green Glaze Collards WW140

This is a new strain of collard created by Dr. William Woys Weaver by selectively... Read More
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