Yesterday, I attended "Seedy Saturday". This is a yearly event that brings together people interested in growing plants from seed, biodiversity, heritage gardening and organic gardening. It takes place in many cities all across Canada. The one I attend is organized by the Kitchener Master Gardeners group of which I used to be a member. It takes place in a branch of the local public library.
|Lectures on seed related topics|
|Seeds for sale|
The seed exchange is quite simple. People collect seeds from their gardens over the summer and bring their surplus to this event. It is done quite informally. You put your envelopes of seeds on a couple of tables (one for ornamental plants and one for vegetable seeds) and then you can select seeds from those that other people have brought in. If you did not bring any seed, you can still get some and leave something in the donation box set up on the table.
|One of the two seed tables|
|People round the seed exchange tables|
In my case, Seedy Saturday is an opportunity to meet many old friends, but also to chat with people you don't know, but with whom you share an interest in growing things from seed. This year, I had an interesting conversation with an Old Order Mennonite woman on turnips. I always find something of interest on the table. Yesterday, for instance, I had just been reading about Coreopsis tripteris, a native plant, and was pleased to find someone had brought seeds for it. Another good find was Silene alpestris.
|Seeds I brought back|
I also bought a few things with which I am not familiar, including a "climbing spinach" (Basella rubra) and an unusual variety of Morning glory called "Picotee Blue". I forgot to bring my camera, but Bruce MacNeil, the Master Gardener coordinator, was kind enough to send me some of the ones he took. These are his pictures.