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!


  1. It was beautifully organized, and it was my pleasure to participate again this year and see lots of familiar faces of enthusiastic gardeners getting ready for spring!

  2. Tatiana's presentation is available for download at