Thanks to all who joined us for our 2021 virtual Seedy Saturday Garden Fest. It was our first attempt at doing an online event and we have heard that attendees enjoyed the 3 excellent speakers. What an engaged audience! In addition to the talks, there were more than 65 questions asked and answered during the morning! Thanks to our sponsor Signal Boost and to all attendees who donated! Your donations helped us cover the costs of speakers and technology to run this event and continue our work in the community. Much appreciated!
SAVE THE DATE – Well be back at Carling Heights Optimist Centre in London, ON Saturday March 5, 2022. Come LEARN, SHOP, and GROW with us:
- a day of fun, shopping, and learning for novice to advanced home gardeners.
- great deals for those seeking seeds, supplies, decor, local food, and other products
- three educational and interesting talks throughout the day
- the opportunity to meet and chat with local community groups or get advice from horticultural experts
- a large community seed swap
if you want to grow any plants or trees and especially if you like the idea of growing your own food, this is the place to learn how to do it and buy what you need!
Use the links below to find the wonderful garden supplies, non-profit gardening groups, and catalog suppliers who usually participate in our Seedy Saturday in London. Their links are safe and can be used to connect to their Websites and Facebook pages to easily locate what you want. Here you will also find a great group to join (virtually for now) for more fun and learning about gardening.
Seedy Saturday Spring Gardening Fest
Talks & Virtual Marketplace
Online format, March 6, 2021, 9am-1pm
3 Great Speakers
9:00am Raised Bed Revolution: Ideas and Benefits – Tara Nolan, Writer, Editor, Savvy Gardening
Whether you have a tiny patio or a big yard, raised beds are a great gardening solution that allows you to garden anywhere. Other benefits include covering up poor soil and providing better accessibility to extend the growing season. Learn about the benefits and come away inspired by ideas to create your own raised bed – where to put it, what soil to use, and what to plant!
Bio: Tara Nolan is co-founder of the award-winning gardening website Savvy Gardening (savvygardening.com). As a writer and editor, her work is also well known in many of our favourite publications. Her books include Gardening Your Front Yard: Projects and Ideas for Big & Small Spaces, and her best-selling Raised Bed Revolution: Build it, Fill it, Plant it…Garden Anywhere.
10:15am Summer Produce for the Winter Pantry – Nancy Abra, Master Gardener & Preserver
Yes, we can eat our own produce year-round! Nancy’s talk will encourage us to think about what we can grow in our gardens to preserve, freeze, or dry to enjoy later in the winter months. This presentation will include tips and tricks on growing various herbs, fruits, and vegetables as well as preserving them.
Bio: Nancy’s garden training includes lots of hands-on experience, numerous courses, a certificate in Horticulture from the University of Guelph, ongoing training with the London Middlesex Master Gardeners, membership with the local Horticultural Society, and volunteer gardening at Fanshawe Pioneer Village. Nancy has honed her preserving, canning, and pickling skills for decades. She has developed many of her own recipes and markets her products locally with the brand name “From My Garden”.
11:30am Uncommon Plants & Common Pests – Dr. Amy Turnbull, Professor, Master Gardener
Go from vegetable RUT to GLUT by discovering new food plants for your garden! Amy’s goal is to inspire you to think beyond the typical vegetables in your garden. Think parsnips instead of potatoes, bok choy instead of broccoli, and celtuce instead of cabbage. To keep your garden healthy, you will also learn about common garden pests and how to stop them.
Bio: Amy Turnbull “lives to garden“. In her gigantic vegetable garden in Middlesex County she grows over 120 varieties of vegetables in 5000 sq ft (despite the best efforts of her young kids and roaming poultry). When she’s not gardening she’s teaching students at Fanshawe College about plants, bacteria, and biology.
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THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR!
This event is part of the Signal Boost Initiative, made possible by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.