ePub version. 19th of 37 Emma Lathen's. An author favorite about the annual Vandam gardening catalog that brightened up the winter so avid gardeners could dream about spring plantings. A contest for a great tomato, Numero Uno, between Standard Foods/Vandam's and little Seedmen's, worth millions. Witty, urbane, fun, and ironic in Emma Lathen style, with the usual cast of characters and John Putnam Thatcher seeing by the emotions to the money. A must read for Emma fans.