Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Ladner Seedy Saturday Fun

There was so much to see at Ladner Seedy Saturday, I have to post some more pictures from our event.  It wasn't just seed and plant companies at our event, we also had different services.

Bartlett Tree Experts came to the event to give advice on tree pruning. I have used them extensively in my garden and have always been happy with their work. 

Pebble Creations came with their nature inspired art, jewelry and cute ladybug stones. If you were looking for a gift for Valentines day, you could find it here.

 The Portal was also at Ladner Seedy Saturday. We are excited to hear they have just moved into the old Ladner Dental clinic where they now hold workshops and sell herbal products. Their table was certainly busy on Saturday.

Ian Tait participated in our Ladner Seedy Saturday by talking to people about the importance of having a bee friendly garden with his Feed the Bees campaign. There is nothing better than having bees in the garden and its so easy to find the right plants to attract them. Ian also didn't hesitate to jump in and help us with our prize draws  with his broadcaster voice. I know I sure couldn't have done it so thanks again Ian. 

 The Corporation of Delta's engineering department attended our event. They had a wonderful display on composting and answered residents questions. Thanks goes to the city for being such a good partner with the Ladner Community Garden.

Langley Environmental Partners Society had an interesting display. In Langley they have a manure storage program and a buyback of the said manure for gardeners. I am thinking this would be a wonderful project for Delta to start.

All Things Organic brought their vermi-composting supplies to Seedy Saturday.They sell worm factories which break down kitchen waste to compost for your garden. We love our compost!

Saturday was a busy day bringing in new and seasoned gardeners to shop and get advice for their gardens. 

Thanks to Japadog for catering our event. I had never seen a food cart in Ladner before so it was exciting to have them come out from Vancouver during Food Cart Week. Now this is not just a hot dog but a gourmet one at that. We hope to see them back next year. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Ladner Seedy Saturday- A Huge Success!

Our Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo was a huge success! I would like to thank all the wonderful vendors, volunteers and customers who supported this annual event. We couldn't have done it without all of you. Thanks also goes to Ladner Baptist Church for being so giving of their time and space for our event. The venue is perfect for Seedy Saturday.

We had some wonderful vendors travel quite a ways to come to our event and we are glad they did. The Planting Seeds Project came all the way from Lillooet bringing an array of seeds and a craft table for children.

I was very interested in their dried vegetables that they had for sale. I guess it never occurred to me to dry my onions. What a great idea!

At the craft table children used seeds to make cards. I got to see this finished project done by a young girl who was so proud to have her name written in seeds.

We also had Salt Spring Seeds come over from Salt Spring Island to bring us their well known collection of seeds, tinctures and seed saving books. I couldn't resist buying some grain seeds to try with my school garden classes. I now regret not buying more so I will venture to their wonderful online catalogue to see what else I missed. As the organizer of the event I didn't get a chance to shop much as I was pulled in a  million different directions. As busy as it was I made many wonderful connections. I mean that's what theses events are about, gardeners meeting gardeners, sharing information and stories, encouraging each other to grow everything that we can.

 West Coast Seeds returned this year with their seeds so suited to the climate of the lower mainland. James helped everyone with advice about the different types of seeds.

Tatiana TomatoBase returned to Ladner Seedy Saturday with hundreds of different tomato and vegetable seeds and Tatiana did a wonderful presentation on growing tomatoes. She was so popular customers have asked her back to talk again in 2014.

 For the gardeners that didn't want to buy seeds, we had a mix of plant specialists on hand. Here Gwen's Growing and Giving attended with cute planting ideas all done up for Valentines day. This team of gardeners have an annual plant sale in Ladner with all the proceeds going to charity.

Okay, I had a hard time resisting the plants that Tropic To Tropic brought to our event. I mean did you know there is a lemon tree that can be planted out in Delta gardens all year round? I sure didn't but I learned quickly about all the wonderful plants Ray had to offer, from Paw Paw, Hascap berries, tea plants, fiddle head ferns, guava and lemons.  Once I am walking again I will definitely be buying a lemon tree.

Wild Ginger Designs had a beautiful display of winter and spring containers. Check out the cute wooden boxes that Robyn uses for her containers.

A big thanks goes to the 35 volunteers that helped out with set up on Friday night and those that manned the different stations on the day of the event. After four months of planning this event, everything just fell into place but it wouldn't have happened without all of you and your wonderful enthusiasm. The Ladner Community Garden volunteers rock!