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.

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