Monday, February 23, 2015

Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo Sends a Big Thanks!

Laughing Swan Farm
Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo 2015 was an outstanding success! Thanks goes to all our  customers, vendors, volunteers, speakers and sponsors. Without you this event would not have become the magical day that it did. A big thanks goes to our partner the Corporation of Delta and the parks department for helping us with all the logistics and trusting us to bring the community the very best of Seedy Saturdays

Y-Grip Tools
 From seeds to plants and garden tools, we had vendors selling everything for your garden. I was amazed that we fit everyone into the Harris barn but it worked out perfectly.We noticed areas we will be improving on next year. We certainly did not expect to have almost 900 people come through the doors so parking wasn't easy. We have already come up with a solution for next year. The Harris barn was definitely a wonderful venue. The weather was bright and sunny but cool but that didn't stop the eager gardeners from coming.
Darlene Tanaka from Bernadin
 The presentations were great. Pictured here is Darlene Tanaka talking about canning for beginners. We had Brian Minter and Thomas Hobbs as our key speakers on Saturday and the ladies from Botanus on Sunday. There was so much to learn from all of them.
Ladner Seedy Saturday & Garden Expo 2015
 I took this photo as the vendors started to replenish their booth before the doors opened on Sunday. It was so quiet. Once the door was opened a steady stream of people filled the room.

 To me Seedy Saturdays are about seeds. We were lucky to have so many great seed companies attend our event. Above is Rupert from Salt Spring Seeds talking to a customer. I love looking for heirloom seeds that have a story to them. I try to grow some of the older types of seeds like the ones my grandmother grew in her garden. If we don't they will disappear.

Evergreen Garden Club
 The local Evergreen Garden club attended as well and gave away garden magazines. It was a great day and we are already planning for next year. I have to end with this cute line from one of our vendors who said,"I have never been to a winter market where I sold all my product. Its a salesman's nightmare and it happened today." Luckily for him it didn't happen until Sunday afternoon. As two vendors left, they asked if they could book in for next year. I smiled and thanked them for coming. It was too soon to think about a date so far ahead but we will set a date in the next couple of weeks.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Just Two Days to Go!

Just two days to go until Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo 2015! We are excited to be bringing this event to the gardening community.
Here is a list of the vendors you will meet at our event this weekend. Join us on both Saturday and Sunday for some garden fun. For directions to our event just click here. Our event runs from 10-3 on both days. There is lots of parking and food trucks will be on site for lunch and coffee. Thanks again to our sponsors who have been a huge part of bringing this event to Delta. The Corporation of Delta, Windset Farms, Vancity and West Coast Seeds have allowed us to make this event the best ever.

Cottage Pantry Gourmet Edibles
The Kelpman 
Sand Dollar Design
Evergreen Garden Club
Photos by Kurtis
Urban Bee Supplies
Ladner Community Garden
Tatiana’s Tomatobase
Bartlett Tree Experts
BC Eco Seed Coop
Seeds of Diversity
J & J Enterprises
Y-Grip Tool
Bee Conscious
Simply Neglectable
VanDusen Master Gardeners
Westham Island Herb farm
Laughing Swan Farm
Water Wikka
West Coast Seeds
Windset Farms
Usana Health Services
Mike & Sandy’s Berry Farm
International Basket Booster
Salt Spring Seeds
Wild Ginger Designs
Corporation of Delta

Monday, February 2, 2015

Ladner Seedy Saturday & Garden Expo 2015 Seed Swap

Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo is just three weeks away and we are working hard to bring you the best event ever. Today I want to encourage you to bring your seeds to swap. We will have a couple of tables set up for trading. Try to bring in your seeds between 10-10:30am so we can place them alphabetically and make sure they are packaged up properly. The seed swap starts at 10:30 and runs until 2pm. 

This is how I like to package my seeds. I use two inch coin envelopes and write the name of plant, number of seeds, year the seed was bought or collected and if the seed is hybrid or open pollinated. Most people who trade seeds will only take open pollinated seeds so check your seeds closely. Open pollinated seeds will come true from collected seed. Hybrid seeds that are bought seed are okay as they will come true but their collected seeds will not.  Hybrid seeds come from two parents and like our families, our children are not identical to their parents. 


This is what we will not be able to use on the day of the seed swap. Please refrain from bringing in large quantities of seed such as the bag above. We are too busy and the seed may have to wait until the next year to be traded adding another year of questionable viability.

 When bringing seeds to trade, please remove all the chaff and seed pods from the seed as much as possible. We don't expect perfection but you can see how easy it would be to remove the pods from the bag above. The seeds can be placed in a paper bag to dry and all the seeds should fall to the bottom.

Try to label your seed with as much information as you can. All the seeds that we will be bringing to trade are packaged in paper envelopes. What was interesting to see over the years is people go for all the glossy packages and leave these behind. Often more interesting plants are found in these envelopes.
When you arrive at the seed swap you can drop off your seeds and you will receive a ticket for each package allowing you to return and trade the ticket for a new package of seeds. Some seeds may be limited due to availability. Some seeds may have less seed in a package than others. Often rarer seeds will be this way. An example of this would be an heirloom tomato that produces few seeds.

So save the date. We are now full for vendors but we are still in need of volunteers if you have a couple of hours to spare. For more info about this event contact us at