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Seedy Saturday 2016

Join Us for Victoria’s Spring Seed & Garden Show!

Date:

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Time:

10am – 4pm

Location:

Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street

Admission:

$7 cash at the door
Under 16 free

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Highlights:

  • Great gardening talks, included with admission
  • Local, BC, open-pollinated, organic and natural seeds
  • Seedlings, plants, small fruits, succulents, ferns, nut and olive trees
  • Seed exchange
  • Information about local gardening classes & workshops
  • Displays
  • Garden & food products
  • Fertilizers
  • Used gardening book exchange
  • Kids’ activity area
  • Master Gardeners
  • Seedy Cafe
  • ATM on site

Volunteers!

Would you like to join the enthusiastic group of volunteers at Seedy Saturday? Please contact us at vicseedysat@gmail.com or voice mail 250.381.5323

Seedy Saturday is Victoria’s annual community seed and garden show with commerce, education, and networking opportunities for every 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.

Shopper - Janice Hayward - 138x253Small 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.

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.

And check out the very popular gardening book exchange, where you can trade in your outgrown gardening books for something different. Donations happily accepted and, if you don’t have a book to trade, you can buy one that catches your fancy for a modest sum.

BuddingArtist - Janice Hayward - 138x199Seedy 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 attend, with 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.

Bumbleberry Jam - Janice Hayward - 138x215While the focus is on seeds and growing, we also emphasize LOCAL, so we have exhibitors with cheese, preserves, honey, teas, sprouts, mushrooms, and sweets. 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.

We have a session on saving seeds on a small scale and seed cleaning equipment displayed. And for inspiration, take in the 3pm talk with a true urban farmer!

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!

Plant Hunters - Janice Hayward - 275x200All photos on this page courtesy of Janice Hayward, photojournalist.