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- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Seeds of Diversity thanks the
J.W. McConnell Family Foundation,
the October Hill Foundation,
The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security
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The Great Canadian Garlic Collection ™

Seeds of Diversity's Great Canadian Garlic Collection is a national project that explores and documents the many varieties of garlic grown in Canada.

There are well over 100 varieties of garlic that are suited to Canadian growing conditions. Our goal is to grow as many varieties as possible in all of Canada's major agricultural areas and to record their success and characteristics. The collected information will be posted to our web site for use by all.

Garlic grows differently in different climates. Some varieties have particular colours, shapes or other characteristics in certain areas of the country, but not in others. For instance, some varieties grow scapes in the east but not in the west. Some have a purple or red colour when grown in certain climates, but are white elsewhere. More importantly, some varieties grow better than others in different regions.

We want to find out which kinds of garlic grow best in your area, and this is how you can help.

More about the Project

Your Role as a Garlic Grower

About Garlic

Growing Garlic


Booklet - The Great Canadian Garlic Collection (2nd edition)

Seeds of Diversity, 2007

The complete 8-page GCGC booklet is ready to download, print and fold.

Garlic Observation Form

Seeds of Diversity, 2005

Download and fill out this form for each of your varieties.

Formulaire d'observation ail

Seeds of Diversity, 2008

Téléchargez et complétez cette formulaire pour chacune de vos variétés.

Choosing, Growing, Using and Selling Garlic for Small-Scale Growers in Ontario

Jim Dyer, March 2004

A 22-page paper on Ontario-based best practices for garlic, prepared for Seeds of Diversity with funding from the CanAdapt Small Projects Initiative, a joint program of Ontario Agri-Food Industry and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, administered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council.