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.
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.
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.
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.