Saturday, February 15, 2014
10am – 4pm
Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street
$7 cash at the door
Under 16 free
Seedy Saturday is Victoria’s annual community seed and garden show with commerce, education and networking opportunities for any gardening enthusiast. Here is where you can purchase your seeds – flower, herb and vegetable – direct from the growers who can advise you about the best choices for your specific growing conditions.
Small nurseries offer seedlings, herbs, bulbs, perennials, small fruits, roses, native plants, fruit and nut trees, and succulents. There will be mason bee supplies and honeybee equipment.
Local small businesses present their services and garden products. Garden club representatives talk about their membership and programs, and organizations working on food security and environmental issues provide displays and information about their activities.
Don’t forget to visit the Seed Exchange where you can purchase seeds that have been donated by other backyard gardeners. This is an easy way to try out something new if you are adventuresome or new to the gardening world. If you already save your own seeds and wish to donate or exchange them – THANK YOU! Please ensure they are cleaned, and labelled with the variety and year.
Seedy Saturday welcomes families, so bring the kids. We have a dedicated area with activities for the young ones to learn about growing or to take a break with their parents, 10am – 2:30pm.
There are lots of talks to consider attending, with mostly local presenters sharing their expertise with you on a variety of topics. The talks are one hour long, and several run concurrently. Seating is limited, so come early to ensure a seat.
While the focus is on seeds and growing, we also emphasize LOCAL, so we have exhibitors with samples of cheese, preserves, honey, teas, sprouts and mushrooms. Some farmers will have seedling starts or in-season produce and eggs.
Victoria’s Master Gardeners come with their reference books and welcome your questions to help solve your gardening difficulties. The Seedy Cafe offers light lunches and snacks, a space to take a break and peruse a seed catalogue or decide which speaker presentation to attend next.
New this year is the Used Garden Book Exchange. If you have an unwanted/unused gardening book, consider donating it, exchange for another publication, or let us sell it. Proceeds go towards the Scarecrow contest. A few elementary schools will have their Scarecrow creations on display for voting by the public. The winner will receive a cash prize for their school garden project.
Again this year we are working with the Coastal Invasive Species Committee to have an invasive-free Seedy Saturday, so that our enthusiasm for growing plants takes into consideration local ecosystems.
Victoria’s Seedy Saturday is about community: here you will find a friendly, inviting and supportive environment of exhibitors and attendees sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm about growing food and plants using sustainable gardening methods. Join us!
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