The Truth About Garlic

Speakers: Liz Primeau 
Date: April 9, 2019
Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Kitchener Public Library
85 Queen St N
Kitchener ON  N2H 2H1
Room: Theater (Lower level)

For at least 100 years garlic was shunned in North America as a vulgar vegetable not fit for decent folk, and its medicinal qualities were dismissed as old wives' tales.   But for centuries it was used as more than a medicine or a food...sometimes it was used as a glue, and it occasionally did service as an aphrodisiac.  Liz reveals the fascinating facts of garlic and the reasons for its renaissance over the past decade.


After many years as a magazine editor and writer, in 1990 Liz Primeau became the first editor of Canadian Gardening magazine and, in the late '90s, host of its HGTV show Canadian Gardening Television. After leaving the magazine world in 2000, Liz wrote the best-selling Front Yard Gardens: Growing More than Grass.

Next was a gardening memoir, My Natural History, and then, in 2014, she wrote In Pursuit of Garlic: An Intimate Look at the Divinely Odorous Bulb, a personal and informative book that covers the history, lore, medical properties and culture of the most under-appreciated vegetable in the world.

Liz is an avid gardener and cook, especially of dishes containing garlic, and has lived in Mississauga, ON, most of her life.

These programs are a joint initiative of the Kitchener Horticultural Society and the Kitchener Public Library.

There is no charge for admission but your generous support is appreciated.