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Seedy Saturday Turns Twenty

14 Jan Posted by in Seedy Saturday | Comments
Seedy Saturday Turns Twenty

Twenty. Victoria’s Seedy Saturday will be twenty years old this year. Old enough to drive. And to drink. (Though we wouldn’t. At least not at the same time.)

It began as a community seed exchange, a way to help preserve open-pollinated and heritage plants. The seed exchange is still at the heart of Seedy Saturday: bring in your saved seed and trade it for something you’d like to try.

But as healthy infants do, Victoria’s Seedy Saturday has grown rather noticeably in the last twenty years. It’s now the region’s biggest spring garden show, with over 50 exhibitors and an all-day program of speakers.

As well as trading your own seeds, you can buy loads of different kinds of seeds, seedlings, plants, tubers, rootstock, and bulbs from local growers. You can learn about growing mushrooms, keeping chickens, and tending to the needs of bees, both honey and native. Master Gardeners & many other knowledgeable souls will be on hand to provide gardening advice. You can also pick up local produce and artisanal foods: jams, preserves, oils, sea salts, cheese, and nut and seed pates.

But the best part is what’s not there. No one will try to sell you a hot tub. Or patio paving. Or crafts decorated with flowers. This is a garden show made by gardeners for gardeners, and it’s pretty much seeds, plants, and food all the way. So if your idea of a fun weekend is one spent playing in the dirt, this is the show for you. And we hope to see(dy) you there.

Brought to you once again by the slightly muddy folks at the James Bay Market Society: Victoria’s Seedy Saturday, February 16, 10 am- 4pm at the Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street. Admission: $7, children under 12 free.

Photo: Herb stand at the 2012 edition of Victoria’s Seedy Saturday, courtesy of Matt Whelan

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