Gardeners gather to share tips, seeds

GARDENERS OF all ages exchange seeds, listen to demonstrations and learn from master gardeners at Seedy Saturday this afternoon.

LORETTA AND Natasha Sort check out one of the booths at Seedy Saturday in the health unit auditorium earlier today.

GARDENERS OF all ages packed the health unit auditorium to exchange seeds, listen to demonstrations and learn from master gardeners at Seedy Saturday this afternoon.

Right as the event opened, people crowded around the seed exchange table.

Seats were full in the demonstration part of the room as people listened to everything from how to start seeds to beekeeping.

Children had a table set up just for them with plastic insects and play dough for their amusement.

Seedy Saturdays take many forms, said one of the organizers Alisa Thompson. For example, one in the Lower Mainland was for businesses to sell seeds.

The local focus is on free seed exchanges and networking with a community focus, she said.

Put on by Seeds of Diversity, a local group that’s part of a national organization, the local Seedy Saturday is just one of dozens put on across the country.

Last year saw more than 100 Seedy Saturday events across Canada.