Tuesday, January 31, 2017

18 Days to Go Until Ladner Seedy Saturday & Garden Expo 2017

18 days to go until Ladner Seedy Saturday & Garden Expo 2017

Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo 2017 is only 18 days away. We are finalizing tables and seating with the Ladner United Church, our host this year. Wait until you see our new venue, its stunning inside with room for everyone. There will be lots of seating for our speakers so no rush to get in early.

18 Days to go until Ladner Seedy Saturday & Garden Expo 2017

I look forward to meeting some of our new vendors. Below is a list of the vendors we have coming this year.

Wild Ginger Designs
Salt Spring Seeds
West Coast Seeds
Tropic to Tropic
South Delta Garden Club
Kurtis's Photo Cards
J & J Enterprises-More plants!
Succulent Avenue
Bartlett Tree Experts
Corporation of Delta Engineering
Vancouver Master Gardeners
Westham Island Herb Farm
Local Kiwi by D
Y-Grip Tools
Linda's Garden Collectibles

18 Days to go until Ladner Seedy Saturday & Garden Expo 2017

Don't forget the seed swap. It will be located in the main hall with the vendors. Bring your seeds to trade. Be sure to mark the seed packages with name of plant, when the seed was harvested, colour, height, number of seeds and a bit of growing information if you can. Use small coin envelopes to pack your seeds.
Are you wondering how to get to the church? Here are directions.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Ladner Seedy Saturday is Less Than a Month Away!

Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo is less than a month away. I love attending this event as its the start of the garden season. Its at this time that I will think about which seeds to buy and grow in my garden. This year we have Salt Spring Seeds and West Coast Seeds coming with their wonderful selection of seeds. Its time to go through their catalogues to get an idea of what you may want to pick up. February means you can think about planting pac choi in the garden, maybe some salad greens if you are growing in a greenhouse or hoop house.

March is the official start in the vegetable garden with potatoes, onions and broad beans being planted. Yes, you don't have to wait until May to get started. You want to get your cool season crops started. Living in the lower mainland of BC we can plant earlier than many other areas.

We also have Tropic to Tropic Plants coming with his array of interesting tropical plants. Last year Ray had avocado, paw paw and lemon shrubs. I can't wait to see what he brings this year. I am hoping he has some Camellia sinensis so I can grow more tea.

If you are growing in small spaces we have our container expert coming back once again. Robyn, owner of Wild Ginger Designs, is well known in the community for her unique garden containers.

Don't forget to check through your seeds from last year. Is there something you didn't like or do you have too much seed left over? Bring your leftover seeds packaged in small envelopes to trade at our annual seed swap. Be sure to label them with all the growing information such as colour, height, number of seeds and plant name so it can help the next person who plants them.

We hope to see you at Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo 2017. This year we have a new location at the Ladner United Church, 4960 48 avenue in Ladner. I want to thank the church for hosting our event.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Ladner Seedy Saturday & Garden Expo 2017 News

Its official, our speakers are booked and we are in the last of the planning stages for Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo 2017. Now to get our vendors organized and iron out a few more details. There are always a few last minute items to deal with. Be sure to package up your unwanted seeds for our annual seed swap. I will be bring some heirloom tomato seeds to trade.

Ladner Seedy Saturday & Garden Expo 2017 News

Our poster is ready for printing so you will see it around the community. We have four wonderful speakers once again. I must give a shout out to Jennifer's Graphics for the great poster she created for us again this year.

Ladner Seedy Saturday & Garden expo 2017 News

Brian Minter will start the day with a talk on "Whats New and Funky in Food Gardening" at 10:00am. I am sure Brian needs no introduction as he is a well known speaker. Brian is famous for his passion in gardening which is so evident in his talks. Brian will be bringing plants to sell at the event. For those of you who haven't heard Brian Minter speak, he is the owner of Minter Country Garden Store along with his wife Faye.

Shelley Levis is an amazing gardener, do it yourselfer and crafter. She can transform any container into a work of art. Shelley will be showing us how to make some unique containers for starting seeds and give us a lesson on how to use edible flowers. Check out her website over at Sow and Dipity for some great gardening ideas. Shelley is often heard speaking at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle as well at various venues around the lower mainland.

Ladner Seedy Saturday & Garden expo 2017 News

After lunch we have Gary Lewis from Phoenix Perennials in Richmond, BC coming to talk about Hellebores. Hellebores are the jewels of the garden and bloom from winter to late spring. Phoenix Perennials has the latest cutting edge plants, old fashioned favourites and the rare and unusual. If you are looking for Hellebores he may have some at the show.

Our last speaker of the day is Mike Nugent from Bartlett Tree Experts. Mike will be talking about woody plant care for our gardens. This will be very timely going into the spring garden season. After all it will soon be time to prune our trees and shrubs in the garden. Come learn from an expert on how best to take care of your shrubs and trees.