seed.jpg   Seedy Saturday - 2017

Speaker: Various
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time: 9:00am to 2:30pm
Location: The Kitchener Public Library
(Central Branch)
85 Queen St N 
Kitchener, ON N2H 2H1
Fee: no charge

Seedy Saturday is a celebration and sharing of open-pollinated seeds and gardening know-how — "saving our past for our future." Seedy Saturday and Seedy Sunday events are held across Canada.

Waterloo Region's Seedy Saturday features seven speakers and numerous exhibitors/vendors.

Attend free seminars with a variety of speakers. Topics are listed below. Bring along seeds to swap, or purchase seeds from local vendors, including a good supply of heritage seeds. Master Gardeners are available to answer any questions you may have. There will also be displays from local community groups.

Come out for an hour or the day. Its up to you. If you are not familiar with heirloom vegetables you need to attend Seedy Saturday and find what they're about!



Seminars Exhibitors (subject to change)



Robert Patterson - The Growing Connection

The Growing Connection is creating an international network of people, schools, community groups and institutions, all linked through their common interest in and activity in sustainable, innovative horticulture and food productions. TGC would like to introduce the concept to KW gardeners and growers.


Dugald Cameron - Plants for the Smaller City Gardens 

Dugald Cameron,  retired owner of GardenImports, Toronto. Dugald was on the board of directors at the Toronto Botanical Garden from 1996-2009. He speaks on many subjedugaldCameron.jpgcts to many Horticultural Societies in Southern Ontario. He was the first president of the Greater Toronto Bulb Society and is a member of numerous horticultural societies. His current gardening passions are tuberous Begonias & Clematis, Daffodils, Eremurus and Tulips.



Thelma Beaubien - Gardening for Butterflies: Attracting, Rescuing & Raising Butterflies.

Now with 26 different butterfly species recorded in her garden Thelma will share with you some of the best native and non-native plants that provide their nourishment. As well she will speak about some of the host plants that provide for the butterfly cycle of life. You too will soon be gardening through the eyes of a butterfly!


Darren Heimbecker - The Peony from Seed

Darren will talk to us on peonies, all aspects of propagating them, seeding and dividing them, and grafting tree peonies for a better understanding of how it works with these plants.

On May 26, 2012, Darren Heimbecker opened Whistling Gardens nursery and garden center in Wilsonville ON just south of Brantford.   The botanical garden has 20 landscaped acres featuring classical garden styles some of which are inspired by old Renaissance gardens of Europe including the Place of Versailles.  Most gardens are surrounded by natural man made plantings and water features.  His conifer collection is the largest in the world with approximately 2,400 different species and cultivars.  A recently donated collection of peonies was presented to Whistling Gardens with over 1,000 varieties and species.


Meeting Room C


Taarini Chopra - The State of GM Foods

Learn more about genetic modification, and where it is in our seeds, gardens, fields and foods. Taarini is a researcher and campaigner with the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) and the publications coordinator at Seeds of Diversity Canada.



Nicola Thomas - Forest Gardening

Nicola’s presentation is about the creation of edible Forest Heights, underutilized green spaces and the beauty of gardens we can eat. Nicola is a homeschool mother of 3 living in Forest Heights ; an active community member and avid environmentalist.  Nicola saw the capacity in our public spaces and initiated the 1st Food Forest in Kitchener at the Forest Heights Community Centre to encourage communities to steward the soil and grow edibles, as well as pollinator corridors in underutilized green spaces.



Rebecca Robinson - Creating a Healthier Yard You'll Love

There are many ways to increase the health of your yard – via rain gardens, pollinator gardens, rain harvesting, and more. The challenging parts are prioritizing some or all of these options and knowing when, where and how to incorporate them into your landscape


Advanced Compost [more]
Anything Grows Seed Co [more]
Cathy's Crawly Composters [more]
Colour Paradise Greenhouses [more]
Community Gardens [more]
Dirt Cheap [more]

District 19 (OHA) [more]
Garden Club of K-W [more]
Hawthorn Farm Organic Seeds [more]
Kitchener Horticultural Society
Kitchener In Bloom [more]
Kitchener Master Gardeners 
Kitchener Public Library [more]
Lee Valley [more]
Matchbox Garden and Seed Co [more]
Meadow Acres Garden Centre [more]
REEP Green Solutions [more]
Seed Exchange
Seeds of Diversity [more]
Sunfire Herbals [more]
Sprouting World [more]
St. Jacob Country Gardens [more]
The Growing Connection [more
Whistling Gardens [more



This program are a joint initiative of the Kitchener Horticultural Society, Kitchener Master Gardeners and the Kitchener Public Library.
There is no charge for admission but your generous support is appreciated.