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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William Woys Weaver
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Alpha Tomato

Alpha Tomato WW209

 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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

ROUGHWOOD/EFN... Read More
 
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
 
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

ROUGHWOOD/EFN... Read More
 
New Hampshire Victor Tomato

New Hampshire Victor Tomato WW206

ROUGHWOOD/EFN... Read More
 
Nistru Tomato

Nistru Tomato WW199

ROUGHWOOD/EFN... Read More
 
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

ROUGHWOOD/EFN... Read More
 
Risser Sickle Pea

Risser Sickle Pea WW157

This pre-1770s English heirloom pea was saved from extinction by Ida Shriner... Read More
 
Schifferstadt Long Black Radish

Schifferstadt Long Black Radish WW161

This Pennsylvania Dutch heirloom traces to the historic village... Read More
 
Sehsapsing- Delaware Black Flint Corn

Sehsapsing- Delaware Black Flint Corn WW118

(Zea mais) We acquired Sehsapsing Delaware Black Flint corn over the course... Read More
 
Stubby Okra

Stubby Okra WW176

This old heirloom variety is said to trace to Louisiana although it appears... Read More
 
Syrian Green Lettuce

Syrian Green Lettuce WW151

We are pleased to list rare Syrian heirloom with lush green leaves and... Read More
 
Thorburn's Terra-Cotta Tomato

Thorburn's Terra-Cotta Tomato TP500

Incredible flavor, color and history! Introduced in 1893 by James Thorburn... Read More
 
White Silesian Lettuce

White Silesian Lettuce WW146

This handsome variety with pale green crinkled leaves forms... Read More
 
Yellow Garden Peach Tomato

Yellow Garden Peach Tomato WW177

This delightful old French heirloom dating from the 1880s... Read More
 
Yellow Hinkelhatz Pepper

Yellow Hinkelhatz Pepper WW170

This hot spicy Pennsylvania Dutch heirloom pepper was acquired by my grandfather... Read More
 
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